Daily Mirror



DERBY’S long-suffering supporters could sleep a little easier last night after two positive results.

Joint administra­tors Quantuma announced they have formally accepted an offer from local businessma­n and big Rams fan David Clowes to buy the club.

And Liam Rosenior looks like staying loyal for now after accepting an offer to become interim manager.

Well-regarded Rosenior (right) was No.2 to Wayne Rooney who quit as manager on Friday.

Property developer Clowes has been granted preferred bidder status, with the aim of completing a takeover by Wednesday.

Clowes Developmen­ts Ltd have already bought Pride Park (above) for an estimated £20million from previous owner Mel Morris – who plunged the club into administra­tion last September.

Quantuma said: “Over the course of the last day or so, the joint administra­tors have continued positive discussion­s with Derbyshire-based property group Clowes Developmen­ts (UK) Ltd which resulted in a credible and acceptable offer being submitted.

“All parties are now working hard to conclude what is still a complex legal transactio­n within a very short timeframe. ”Once concluded, the transactio­n will enable the club to move forward and prepare for the upcoming season out of administra­tion.

“It will also ensure that Pride Park Stadium and the club are under the control of a new, local owner with the commitment and resources to enable the club to move forward with a clean slate.”

There was a groundswel­l among many Derby fans hoping Mike Ashley would buy the club.

But Clowes has emerged from the background after American time-waster Chris Kirchner withdrew his offer to buy the club.

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