Exclusive interview: Derby County owner Mel Morris says decision to walk away was necessary trigger for sale

23 September 2021

Mel Morris
Photo: Alamy "I could see that many people circling that we're in discussions with, were simply not going to do a deal unless a critical event occurred." Owner of Derby County Mel Morris sent the club into administration to make sure a buyer came to the table.

Morris says buyers circle the club wouldn’t do a deal until a “critical event” unleashed interest.

He confirms tax liabilities of at least £27 million and former manager Philip Cocu owed £500,000.

Says ownership of stadium won’t stand in way of deal with variety of options possible.

Lawrie Holmes lawrie@offthepitch.com

Derby County owner Mel Morris says his decision to part company with the club was a necessary trigger to force a sale of the club.

The decision to walk away, which resulted in Derby being forced into administration, came after spending two and a half years trying to find a buyer.

“When the two deals on the table fell through, I just continued to fund it. But with that level of total debts, shareholder loans, everything, eventually, you have to draw a line in the sand.

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