Kieran Maguire of The Price of Football podcast has been discussing the potential takeover of Derby County after Sheikh Khaled Zayed Bin Saquer Zayed Al Nayhan of the Abu Dhabi royal family has seen his proposal accepted by the EFL.
According to Sky Sports, Sheikh Khaled is the cousin of the current Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour and has previously failed in attempts to acquire both Liverpool and Newcastle United.
When on the subject of The Rams’ takeover, Maguire explained whether or not having such wealthy owners would give the club an immediate advantage when it comes to the EFL’s profit and sustainability rules whilst also touching on whether or not the club has published their latest accounts, here is what he had to say:
“This won’t give them an additional advantage, unfortunately, because it’s the football club that’s assessed for FFP – now known as Profitability and Sustainability rules – rather than the owner.
“How bad the accounts are, we still don’t know. This one seems a little bit strange, because you wouldn’t go into a £60m takeover unless you think the accounts have been audited – and if the accounts have been audited, then why haven’t Derby County published them?”
TIF Thoughts on Kieran Maguire’s comments regarding the potential takeover…
It’s clear from Maguire’s remarks he cannot understand why the club are yet to publish their 2019 accounts and that the takeover will bring no advantage for the Championship club with regards to the profit and sustainability rules currently in place.
Are you hopeful the takeover will lead to better times at Derby County?
Derby County supporters, we can assume, will be desperate to see matters off of the field resolved sooner rather than later so they can focus on improving their league form.
Phillip Cocu’s side currently find themselves languishing at the bottom of England’s second tier having accumulated just six points from their opening 11 fixtures (as per BBC Sport).