Derby County owner: Club owners with funds for six months are acceptable

25 March 2020

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Photo: PA Images Derby County Owner Melvyn Morris (right) greets Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri.

Mel Morris says that when there are a number of unanswered questions – due to both coronavirus and the EFL-case – it is natural that potential buyers are reluctant to strike a deal.

The Derby owner calls the situation at Charlton Athletic a “nightmare” – but says there are no clear answers on how to keep financially weak owners away, as they always look strong in the first place.

Morris says it is difficult to find the true long-term owners in the market. And he thinks that one must never underestimate owners who can undertake quick turn-arounds.

Lawrie Holmes lawrie@offthepitch.com

Derby County chairman Mel Morris, who is seeking a new owner or co-owner for the club, has revealed the current difficulties in closing a deal that would see ownership of the Rams change hands.

After months of talks with two potential buyers - a US investor and a group fronted by Swiss banker Henry Gabay – he told offthepitch.com that uncertainty will limit the chance of new terms being finalised.

"Who knows (When a deal will be closed)? That’s for other people to determine," he said.

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