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Private investment firm Carlisle Capital ‘make a formal offer to Derby’s administrators’

Private investment firm Carlisle Capital ‘make a formal offer to Derby’s administrators to buy the crisis-stricken club’, with bid worth £28m coming days before Wayne Rooney’s side were set to run out of money

  • Carlisle Capital walked away from an initial deal last year, but have now returned
  • A formal offer has been made to the administrators of Derby, who face extinction
  • It is believed a full asking price bid, worth around £28million, has been lodged
  • The offer was made in the knowledge the club could face additional liabilities 


Private investment firm Carlisle Capital has made a formal offer to the administrators of Derby to buy the Sky Bet Championship club, according to PA.

Sources close to the firm say it has made a full asking price offer in the region of £28million.

The bid, which is understood to be spearheaded by the firm’s vice-president Adam Binnie, has been made fully in the knowledge that the club could face additional liabilities if one or both of the claims against Derby from Middlesbrough and Wycombe are successful.

Private investment firm Carlisle Capital have made a formal offer to buy crisis-stricken Derby

Private investment firm Carlisle Capital have made a formal offer to buy crisis-stricken Derby

It is understood the offer does not include the club’s Pride Park stadium, which is owned by former Rams chairman Mel Morris.

The group walked away after showing initial interest last year but have returned at a time when the club is facing the very real threat of liquidation, having entered administration last September.

The EFL has asked Derby’s administrators to produce a funding plan by February 1, saying in a statement on Thursday that by the administrators’ own admission, they would run out of cash by the end of the month.

Championship side Derby, managed by Wayne Rooney, are set to run out of money in days

Championship side Derby, managed by Wayne Rooney, are set to run out of money in days

The EFL has also called on the administrators to name a preferred bidder.

The claims of Middlesbrough and Wycombe – and whether they would be classed as football creditors and therefore entitled to the full value of any award arising from their legal cases – have added extra complexity to the situation at Derby, but the bid from Carlisle has been made despite that.

Derby boss Wayne Rooney is working on pulling off the greatest of great escapes on the pitch.

Despite being docked 21 points for entering administration and breaching financial regulations, the Rams are just eight points off safety heading into the Saturday lunchtime clash with bitter local rivals Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

The interested group walked away from a deal, but have returned with an offer worth £28m

The interested group walked away from a deal, but have returned with an offer worth £28m

Rooney was asked about the importance of resolving the crisis at Derby quickly.

‘Derby County is much more than just a football club. It gives people in the city hope, it gives kids the right to dream, to dream of playing for their club,’ he said.

‘It gives young players opportunities, which we’ve seen even more so this year. It brings a lot of hope, it helps out numerous charities around the city.

‘So for Derby to be in this situation is incredible really, where it’s been left, but this is where we’re at.

Boss Rooney has emphasised the importance of the situation at Pride Park being wrapped up

Boss Rooney has emphasised the importance of the situation at Pride Park being wrapped up

‘Hopefully we can get the right backing and funding to make sure this club remains in the football pyramid because if not, it will be a lot of hearts broken and it’ll be a massive loss to the city.’

Rooney said he had been given assurances that no further players would leave without his say-so after the shock departures of Phil Jagielka and Graeme Shinnie last week.

He did announce that the club had agreed a fee with a Premier League club, understood to be Chelsea, for 18-year-old left-back Dylan Williams.

‘It’s one where I thought I couldn’t deny him the opportunity. It’s my decision, not the administrators’ decision,’ Rooney said.


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