Another English team, Derby County, is set to be taken over by the foreign tycoon. The Championship side is reported to be in at the final stage of deal completion in the middle of January. The talk on such issue between the Rams current owner Mel Morris and the owner of Deventio Holdings Group, Sheikh Khaled, who happens to be the cousin of Sheikh Mansour, the Manchester City owner, has taken place last year and both parties agreed on the takeover in November 2020.
Such deal would be a great help to overcome the club’s finance and campaign. Derby’s management has not been able to cover the wages of all players and senior executives since December. Their chance to be promoted to Premier League next season is slim as well since Wayne Rooney’s men are still stuck at the bottom three of the table and could not progress to the next stage of FA Cup after losing to the non-league team Chorley without their first team squad due to coronavirus contraction. However, the team has been slowly improving under the former Manchester United man. Rooney, who is still thirty five, has been able to secure three wins and four draws in the last nine games in Championship since replacing Phillip Cocu.
Derby County had their glorious days back in the 1970s. Under the legendary managerial duet in England, Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, they managed to win their first top tier title in 1971 plus reach semifinal of UEFA Champions League 1972 before losing to Juventus. The Rams won another Premier League title in 1975 plus FA Charity Shield in the same year led by Dave Mackay, Brian Clough protégé who was also the former player of the club. Derby’s last notable form was when Frank Lampard took charge of the team in 2018/19 and managed to progress to the Premier League promotion play off. Sadly, they were beaten by Jack Grealish and Co.