Derby co-directors have announced that they have formally accepted David Clowes’ offer to buy the club.
The news came shortly after Liam Rosenior was named interim manager of the Rams, having served as assistant to Wayne Rooney, who resigned as boss on Friday.
A statement from co-directors Quantuma then confirmed that local property developer Clowes had been awarded preferred bidder status, with the aim of finalizing a takeover by Wednesday.
On Friday, the joint administrators announced that Clowes Developments Ltd had bought Pride Park, granted the club an interim loan and would submit a bid to buy them.
And a Quantuma spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday: “Over the last day or so the joint administrators have continued positive discussions with Derbyshire-based property group Clowes Developments (UK) Ltd, which has resulted in to a credible and acceptable offer. submitted.
“Discussions regarding this offer, which is in line with EFL’s insolvency policy, have taken place with a range of stakeholders.
“The joint administrators are delighted to confirm that they have formally accepted Clowes’ offer to acquire Derby County Football Club out of administration. Clowes has been awarded preferred bidder status with immediate effect. The joint administrators will enter now in a period of exclusivity with Clowes, with the acquisition of the club’s business and assets due to be completed on June 29.
The joint administrators will now enter a period of exclusivity with Clowes, with the acquisition of the club’s business and assets due to be completed on June 29.
Co-admins of Derby Quantuma
“All parties are now working hard to conclude what remains a complex legal transaction in a very short timeframe. Once completed, the transaction will allow the club to move forward and prepare for the upcoming season outside of administration.
“It will also ensure that Pride Park Stadium and the club are under the control of a new local owner with the commitment and resources to allow the club to move forward with a clean slate. The offer offers also the best return for creditors and allows joint administrators to fulfill their statutory obligations and will ensure that there are no further point deductions levied against the club once it is no longer in administration.
“Acceptance of Clowes’ offer and entry into a period of exclusivity means that the co-directors are now barred from continuing discussions with other parties who had expressed an interest in acquiring the club. The main objective now is to complete the transaction with Clowes within the given time frame.
Clowes became the potential new owner after American businessman Chris Kirchner withdrew his offer to buy the club.
Derby were placed in administration at the start of last season and then relegated from the Sky Bet Championship after being hit with a combined 21 point deduction.
Rooney, after being in charge for a year and a half and fighting a valiant fight against the downfall, resigned saying he felt ‘the club now needs to be run by someone with fresh energy and unaffected by events that have taken place over the past 18 months.
Regarding Rosenior’s interim appointment, Derby said in a statement on its official website: “The Derby players will return to the Moor Farm training ground on Monday morning to begin pre-season training and Rosenior will lead preparations for League One’s upcoming 2022-23 campaign.
“Rosenior, 37, will be supported by existing first-team backroom staff.”