Jim White sends message to Derby fans about Gillett takeover rumours

A general view of the statue of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor outside Pride Park prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Preston North End at Pride Park Stadium on...

Championship outfit Derby County are apparently up for sale with Mel Morris reportedly in talks with Foster Gillett.

A general view of the statue of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor outside Pride Park prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Preston North End at Pride Park Stadium on...

Derby County fans can rest easy; The Rams are not about to be taken over by the son of former Liverpool owner George Gillett. At least, that is what Jim White has told talkSPORT (11 September, 10.30am).

The Mail broke the claims earlier this week that Foster Gillett had held talks with Mel Morris about potentially purchasing the Championship outfit, which is understood to be valued in the region of £60 million.

 

Derby have been in-and-around the play-offs during most of Morris’s four years at the helm, a remarkable achievement given the cost-cutting measures that have been going on behind the scenes in recent times.

The Mail claims that Derby are making losses of around £3 million a month and the East Midland giants have been forced to sell a number of key men, such as 2018 Player of the Year Matej Vydra.

Matej Vydra of Derby celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at iPro Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Derby, England.

But, according to White, Gillett Jr is not about to take over the reigns at Pride Park.

“We can rule that out. Its nonsense. Derby fans everywhere can relax on that,” said White, who has a good relationship with Morris.

Along with Tom Hicks, Gillett Sr dragged Liverpool into one of the darkest moments in their history, taking the six-time European champions to the brink of administration and, for a brief time during Roy Hodgson’s nightmare reign, near the bottom of the Premier League table (Liverpool Echo).

Roy Hodgson is unveiled as the new Liverpool FC manager at Anfield on July 01, 2010 in Liverpool, England.

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