Simon Jordan has issued a prediction that Derby County would be run very differently if Mike Ashley became the club’s latest owner.
Uncertainty creeped into Chris Kirchner’s prospective bid in the last week, with his exclusivity period to negotiate a deal set to expire soon.
That has seen discussion from the current Crystal Palace chairman discuss the potential of Ashley taking over the club.
Ashley had been previously linked with taking over the Rams, who went into administration in September.
Speaking on Talksport, Jordan claimed that any takeover by Ashley would be very different to the previous era under Mel Morris.
The 54-year old believes that the former Newcastle United owner would not settle for third division status for the club and that he could lead Derby to brighter days ahead, despite his reputation.
Curtis Davies has revealed the current squad’s own reservations over the situation surrounding the club, which the former Palace owner believes to be a legitimate concern.
“I think he’s always been there, I don’t quite understand what position he’s been in because I remember speaking to Steve Gibson [Middlesbrough owner] about it,” said Jordan, via Derbyshire Live.
“I know that he’s been there, I know that discussions have been had with the problems had with Middlesbrough and Wycombe Wanderers,”
“So I do know that there is a real live situation and Curtis [Davies’] observations are right.
“Newcastle United didn’t have a god given right to be in the Premier League and whether they like it or not, Mike Ashley turned that football club into a profitable business.
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“I know he did it at the expense of ambition and desire and he sapped all the life and energy from that football club.
“But if he goes to Derby County, one thing they’ll know is that it isn’t going to happen with Mike Ashley at the helm as it did with Mel Morris.
“It’s going to be a differently run football club and also Mike Ashley isn’t going to build a football club that stays in League One.”
The situation surrounding Kirchner’s bid is a nightmare scenario for the club.
That Ashley is seemingly waiting in the wings to swoop in should Kirchner’s bid culminate in nothing is promising.
For Derby it is simply now about securing the future of the Rams with someone legitimate arriving into the club.
Ashley would bring a real source of funds that should help keep things afloat, which while a low bar is enough to make him a promising potential owner at this moment.