Administrators have confirmed that they have received a number of bids for Derby County with Mike Ashley not being one of the bidders. Derby County went into administration last month and Mike Ashley was said to be one of the parties interested after successfully selling Newcastle United. The club was sold to the Saudi-based Public Investment Fund but administrators have declined any contact with Ashley.

“We have been contacted by a number of interested parties in relation to the sale of Derby County and have subsequently issued a series of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for signature in order to proceed.” Andrew Hosking, managing director at Quantuma and Derby County joint administrator said about any Mike Ashley bid. “Of those who have returned a signed NDA, several have been able to provide the necessary proof of funds we have requested to be considered as a serious bidder.”

“As this is an ongoing process, we are unable to comment on the names of the individuals and organizations that have met this criterion at this time,” he added. “We can however confirm that we have neither been approached by nor have we entered into dialogue with Mike Ashley.”

“I can confirm that an appeal was lodged against the 12-point deduction imposed on Derby County’s 2021/22 season total on September 22, 2021.” he continued. “As a consequence, this matter has been referred to an independent arbitration panel who will consider representations from both parties before making a determination. At this current time, the club’s points total in the Championship table will remain unchanged.”

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