US businessman Chris Kirchner withdraws offer to buy club led by Wayne Rooney

American businessman Chris Kirchner has withdrawn his offer to rescue Championship club Derby County.

The group, managed by former England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, was landing a total of 21 points after the club went into administration in September.

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Derby are bottom of the table and 18 points more than safe with 22 games played so far.

The club’s administrators say the announcement of the preferred bidder is “imminent”, and Kirchner, founder of shipping and logistics company, who bid for the club, now withdrawn from consideration.

Kirchner said in a Twitter post on Friday: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm that I am withdrawing from the purchase of Derby County Football Club.

“First of all, I want to apologize to the fans. As you know, I have been talking with the administrators for about two months.

“Two weeks ago I made a formal offer to buy the club. I believe I have presented a very detailed, generous and ambitious long-term sustainable business plan. It includes a purchase. stadiums, future funding and maintaining the status of the academy We’ve improved on that offering more today.

“I’d like to agree a deal that I think is in the best interest of all parties, but unfortunately the last 24 hours have proven that’s not possible. So with deep regret. that now I have to step aside and let the admins pursue their own course.”

Kirchner wrote to Derby supporters in October to inform them of his desire to take the club out of management. US businessman Chris Kirchner withdraws offer to buy club led by Wayne Rooney

Jake Nichol

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