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‘It begs the question’ – Exclusive: Paul Jewell issues verdict on Erik Alonso’s Derby County takeover pursuit



Speaking exclusively to Football League World, former Derby County manager Paul Jewell has questioned how businessman Erik Alonso was able to get close to a deal to buy the Pride Park club.

Alonso’s company No Limit Sports Limited had agreed a deal to buy Derby from Mel Morris earlier this season, as questions about the Rams’ finances continue to hang over Pride Park ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

However, Alonso’s deal to buy the club was called off last month, after transactions could not completed.

That was the second time in 2021 that Derby had seen a takeover bid fall through, with a proposed deal to by the club by Derventio Holdings, who are owned by Sheikh Khaled, having apparently collapsed in March.

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Alonso meanwhile, had already been linked with a move to buy another club who finds itself in midst of financial uncertainty – Sheffield Wednesday – earlier in the campaign.

Now, Jewell has questioned just how certain individuals and companies are able to get close, and in some cases succeed, with attempts to complete the purchases of Football League clubs, suggesting that the fit and proper persons test used to assess potential buyers is not doing its job properly.

Asked how those problematic takeover situations of clubs are able to arise as often as the do, the former Rams boss told Football League World: “I don’t think Derby’s the first team that he’s (Erik Alonso) tried to buy, is it? I’m sure he was involved with Sheffield Wednesday.

“We have this fit and proper persons test, and yet there’s been so many occasions where people who are really not  fit and proper to run football clubs have ended up buying football clubs.

“Even worse, they’ve got themselves in and found out they haven’t got the resources or the money to run the football club.

“So it begs the question, maybe you’re blaming the people who are trying to get in, but the people who are letting them in.”

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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