Breaking: Derby County administrators issue strong statement and Chris Kirchner update -

Breaking: Derby County administrators issue strong statement and Chris Kirchner update

Derby County’s administrators have issued a strong statement as fans become increasingly restless at the club’s plight.

Quantuma have sent out a statement that reaches almost 500 words, outlining the current situation at Pride Park almost ten months after Mel Morris decided he could no longer fund the Rams. After Chris Kirchner missed a 5pm deadline to provide evidence he can seal a takeover of the Rams, the administrators have begun talks with other parties as a back-up plan.

Kirchner was appointed as Quantuma’s preferred bidder in April but is yet to provide the funds despite optimism in the American businessman’s camp that he can get the deal done. Thus, interest from former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has been reignited and ex-Rams chairman Andy Appleby remains on the scene ready to pounce if Kirchner fails to buy the stricken club.

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“The joint administrators wish to confirm they are engaging with a number of parties who have expressed a desire to acquire the club,” part of a statement released on Saturday evening said. “As confirmed in yesterday’s update, Mr. Kirchner is one of those parties, as he continues to seek to provide us with satisfactory evidence that he is in a position to complete the acquisition of the club.

“At this stage, the joint administrators will not be naming any of the other parties they are engaging with. “However, they understand some of those parties may wish to go public of their own accord.

“The joint administrators would also like to confirm the process in place for those parties who wish to acquire the club. “The joint administrators are running a competitive bidding process.

“Bids should be best and final and not contain any referential element. “Clearly, any bid is subject to interested parties entering into an NDA, accessing the data room, and undertaking their own due diligence.

“Of the parties we are engaging with, some are more progressed in this process than others. “The joint administrators wish to reassure all parties and supporters that they do not discriminate against any party, if a bid is deliverable and credible.”

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