American businessman seeks to save England’s Derby team

An American businessman seeks to save England second division club Derby from bankruptcy protection.

Chris Kirchner, the founder of global logistics technology provider, wrote to inform supporters of his desire to buy Derby out of administration.

The team, which are led by former England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, have already scored 12 points for entering administration and are in last place with more than two-thirds of the season remaining.

Kirchner, 34, is already seeking approval from the English Football League to own the club.

“Clearly I am at the start of the procedures that need to take place with the administrators and the EFL,” he said in a letter to supporters. “I respect these mechanisms. Nonetheless, my team and I have already spoken with all parties to discuss where to start. “

Kirchner, who said he’s been a football fan “ever since I knew how to walk,” attended last Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Luton at Pride Park.

“I was particularly impressed with the attitude of manager Wayne Rooney, his coaching staff and the players,” he said. “Recent performances and results demonstrate their clear and unwavering commitment to the club. The best stories in life often begin after a setback and Derby County FC’s best years are without a doubt ahead of us.”

Derby was one of the 12 founding members of the Football League in 1888 and won the Premier League in 1972 and 1975, but has not played in the Premier League since relegation in 2008.

Two take-over bids collapsed this year, leading to the administration process.

“The administration process is complex, but I have informed the administrators that I am prepared to work through these complexities,” Kirchner said. “I understand and recognize that there are a number of interested parties in the club, but I wanted to speak officially at the start of the process and be frank.”

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