It’s all going on at the moment away from the field at Derby County as rumours of moves continue to do the rounds with the Rams.
Phillip Cocu is a man under serious pressure whilst there also seems the likelihood of a takeover going through, with Derby fans hoping that Middle East money is going to transform their club.
However, will that be the case? A report from Miguel Delaney in the Independent suggests Rams fans might want to adjust their expectations if they are expecting a Manchester City-like transformation.
Indeed, speaking to Dr Kristian Ulrichsen, of Rice University, it is revealed that, though Sheikh Khaled bin Saqr Zayed al-Nayhan obviously has plenty of money, he is not state-backed – like those at Manchester City – and so the similarities with this takeover are more with Sheffield United than the men from the Etihad.
“I think the situation is more like Sheffield United’s takeover by a Saudi businessman.
“This is a cadet branch of the main power broker, without the resources of a state-led branding project behind it.
“This is a much more peripheral figure, who has made money and business connections from being a member of a royal family, but doesn’t have the backing of the state. He has whatever resources he’s made from a business career.
“This isn’t a state takeover, in my view.”
Derby fans probably didn’t think realistically that they were going to do a City, they will just hope the new man pumps money into the club to help them get up the league table.
They want to return to the Premier League as soon as possible – as Sheffield United did – but the task is only getting harder with several rich sides in the second tier now.
Once the takeover happens, which is looking likely, it’ll be intriguing to see how they go about their business.