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US businessman Chris Kirchner offers to buy troubled Derby

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US businessman Chris Kirchner has announced his intention to buy Derby.

The Championship club entered administration in September and were handed a 12-point deduction by the English Football League (EFL).

Derby’s administrators, Quantuma, have confirmed several interested parties have submitted ‘serious’ bids for the club, while it has also appealed against the points deduction.

Kirchner a 34-year-old who is the founder, owner and chief executive of, a global logistics company – has now revealed his plans to “rebuild Derby back into the proud club everyone deserves”.

In a letter to the club’s supporters released to the PA news agency, he said: “We don’t know each other yet, but we have two things in common: our love for the game of football and our desire to rebuild Derby County back into the proud club everyone deserves.

“My name is Chris Kirchner and I hope to see many of you soon  as this is my official announcement of my intention to work with the administrators to take Derby County Football Club out of administration.

“Derby County is a club with a rich history and one of the best groups of supporters in all of England.

“While the club is currently going through a really tough time, it is the supporters and everyone associated with the club that have stayed loyal, which provide the foundation to rebuild again.

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“I want to be a part of that rebuild and support that effort. As an entrepreneur I am committed to building companies and I want to apply that experience towards rebuilding this proud and storied club.

“This challenge is one I don’t take lightly but is something I am looking forward to and I know we can prove successful at  if we work together.



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