Chris Kirchner’s Derby County entrance ferry as ‘contracts are exchanged’
American businessman Chris Kirchner remains on track to seal the Derby County takeover.
Kirchner took a major step toward a deal when he announced on social media overnight that he had swapped contracts with Rams administrator Quantuma to take over at Pride Park. The deal is expected to close at the end of May and is still dependent on the sale of Pride Park, which is owned by Mel Morris, who put Derby into administration in September.
Still, it’s a big step forward for Kirchner who are set to acquire a stricken Derby side with most of their first-team side out of contract at the end of June and reeling from relegation to Ligue 1 after a dismal campaign. point deductions.
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Here, we examine the big problems that await Kirchner…
The big problem with contracts
Derby’s contract situation is well documented, with only five players currently under contract beyond the end of the summer. Rams restrictions have already cost them Festy Ebosele, who signed a pre-contract deal with Italian side Udinese
.Kirchner knows he has a lot of rebuilding work to do if players who are out of contract at the end of the season don’t stay. Derby will need to work alongside the EFL with an agreed business plan, and rebuilding relations with the League will also be key.
Join the supporters
Derby fans turned out in droves to support their team against overwhelming odds. They will do it again next season, come what may, with fans falling in love with their side again after a turbulent campaign.
Doing promotions on season tickets and home game tickets would be a good way to endear yourself to supporters and swell the club’s coffers. There is a fanbase that is looking forward to a new era and has been supporting their team all the way this season.
Communication from Morris or the club was sorely lacking last summer, with the club issuing a statement apologizing for the 2020-21 campaign and then going silent. A new owner needs to communicate with the manager and supporters.
It’s not necessary to have a weekly newsletter, but a regular update from the owner or delegated to a general manager is another good way to strike a deal with fans early. Stating the club’s plans also helps ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Convince Rooney to stay
It’s no surprise the media is already surfacing with claims that Rooney is a target for other Championship clubs. His appointment as the club’s permanent manager was a big talking point, and it was widely believed that a manager with experience in a relegation battle should be installed.
But he was a breath of fresh air and his style of play combined pragmatism and flair. Crucially, he has also shown he can develop players, and that will be key to Derby’s future.