Derby County confirm closing in on takeover: This is what's in store for their new owner

6 November 2020

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Photo: PA Images Owner of Derby County Mel Morris has agreed a deal "in principle" with cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour Sheikh Khaled in a transaction "expected to close very soon".

Owner Mel Morris has agreed a deal "in principle" with cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour Sheikh Khaled in a transaction "expected to close very soon".

The deal is no surprise as wantaway Morris has been vocal in his desire to vacate the Championship club, but major questions remain over what the appeal is to the Abu Dhabi royal.

Derby have consistently proven to be an unsustainable operation under Morris with wages-to-revenue ratios exceeding at least 119 per cent and cumulative negative EBITDA of £56.3 million.

Offthepitch.com has examined the state of the club under Morris' ownership.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

For a while it seemed like a host of Premier League and Championship clubs were on the verge of being taken over by profit-oriented US-based hedge funds and private equity firms. But recent movements have revealed the Americanisation, some would call it professionalisation or modernisation, of large parts of the English game is still some way ahead.

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