Andy Appleby has in the last 48 hours delivered six very encouraging words on the Derby County takeover saga.
The Lowdown: Appleby submits Derby bid
The League One side went all the way back to square one earlier this month after it was announced that preferred bidder, Chris Kirchner, had withdrawn his offer to buy the Rams due to not being able to meet a financial deadline set by Quantuma.
As a result of this, the administrators have now gone back to the drawing board to try and find a new candidate to take over at Pride Park, with Mike Ashley and Steve Morgan just two of the names in the frame.
Despite their interest, it was the former County chairman himself who made the first official move after submitting a bid last week, and he has now dropped a big update on where his saga with the club stands.
The Latest: Appleby’s six-word update
Speaking to Crain’s Detroit Business (as quoted by Derbyshire Live), Appleby wasn’t keen to give too much away, but suggested that negotiations were moving in the right direction. In a promising six-word message, he said:
“It’s down to the final strokes.”
The source also claims that the American is ‘optimistic’ about his offer and that he expects to learn the outcome ‘this week’, leaving supporters with just days to wait.
The Verdict: Exciting
The Derby takeover has been a never-ending saga and one that fans, alongside all associated with the club, will want to be over as soon as possible, and after this fresh update, it sounds as though the Rams might hold a little bit of hope after all.
Appleby already spent seven years with the Midlands outfit, having been chairman from 2008 to 2015, so it comes as no surprise to see that he is eager to do everything within his power to stop his former club from entering liquidation.
He is up against some very strong competitors, but this would suggest that he is currently the leading contender to be the one to complete the takeover, and what a fitting way it would be for him to make his return.
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