Former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley will not be involved in the Easdale brothers’ takeover bid for Derby County, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
A report emerged last night claiming that former Rangers shareholders James and Sandy Easdale are launching a bid to try and buy the East Midlands club.
American businessman Chris Kirchner has bid for the Rams and made his aspirations to take charge clear via social media but the club’s administrators told fan groups recently that deal has not yet reached an exclusive stage with three or four more parties expected to make an offer.
The Easdales have emerged as one of those and are said to have close links to Ashley, who was the Newcastle owner until the Saudi takeover last month.
However, Nixon has revealed he’s been informed that despite those links, Ashley will not have any part of their takeover bid.
Derby are bottom of the Championship following a 12-point deduction and are seven points adrift of safety – a gap they’ll be hoping to cut when they face Millwall today.
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This is useful insight from Nixon and an update that will no doubt be celebrated by Derby fans.
The relationship between Ashley and Newcastle fans was very sour for years leading up to the recent takeover and that’s not something that the Pride Park faithful will have wanted.
Up until this point, it has seemed as though Kirchner was going to be the new owner of the East Midlands club but it seems we’ve still got a fair way to go.
It’s going to be very interesting to see how things develop in the coming days and weeks.
For the sake of Rams fans, you hope things can be wrapped up fairly quickly.