EFL forced to release statement over failed Derby takeover by Chris Kirchner with league 'increasingly concerned' | The Sun

THE English Football League has released a damning statement after Chris Kirchner missed the deadline to buy Derby.

EFL chiefs admit they are becoming “increasingly concerned” about the Rams’ immediate future.

And they are ready to become more involved in the club’s dealings with possible buyers ahead of the new League One season.

American businessman Kirchner did not make Friday’s deadline to buy Derby, despite having loaned £1.6million to help cover running costs and wages.

The proof of funds for the takeover was meant to be submitted by 5pm.

And administrators have now asked for clarification on how the club will move forward, with other suitors including Mike Ashley interested.


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Derby players and boss Wayne Rooney are said to be “extremely concerned” going forward.

But the EFL insists it will up its involvement in any talks between administrators Quantuma and possible buyers to move things forward quickly.

A statement read: “The EFL has today informed the Administrators at Derby County that following the failure of Mr Chris Kirchner to conclude a sale of the Club, it is changing the terms of the suspended Notice of Withdrawal issued when the Club entered into administration in September 2021.

“The League is increasingly concerned that the ongoing delays in the sale process now present a real risk to the integrity of next season’s competition, with the 2022/23 fixture list due to be released in less than two weeks, and need to act now in the best interests of the EFL.

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“The suspension of the Notice of Withdrawal of the Club’s share in the EFL is subject to conditions that, in accordance with the League’s insolvency policy, the EFL Board determine and given the lack of progress by the Administrators to finalise a transaction, it now considers it appropriate to revise the conditions of suspension. 

“As a result, the EFL has informed the Administrators that there will be a revision to the conditions attached to the suspension and the EFL is now to be made a party to all correspondence and discussions between the Administrators, and any and all potential bidders, with an acknowledgment that the League will be able to negotiate directly in relation to matters concerning the transfer of the share in the EFL.”

Chief executive Trevor BIrch added: “Following this latest setback for the Club and its fans, it is vitally important that a sale of the Club is concluded at the earliest opportunity and we want to ensure that this objective is achieved.  

“Up until now we have provided the Administrators with the time and opportunity to manage the sale process.

"But with the long stop date on the asset purchase agreement and the membership agreement now passed, further urgent proactive action is required in order to do whatever is possible to secure the Club's future as a continuing member of the EFL.”

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