US businessman Chris Kirchner is set to be named preferred bidder as struggling Championship club Derby seek to leave administration in a season that has been plagued with problems
Chris Kirchner’s proposed Derby County takeover appears to be back – but an apparent tweet involving sexist language from 2013 has surfaced.
Kirchner visited the East Midlands club last year as they sought to complete a takeover. Although he watched the Championship side on several occasions and even chatted with manager Wayne Rooney, a deal fell through after he withdrew his initial offer to buy them just before Christmas.
He then turned his attention to another second tier side, Preston North End, but after talks with the Lancashire side broke down he has since returned to his interest in the Rams. It is widely expected that Kirchner will be named Derby’s preferred bidder later this week by the Quantuma administrators.
However, the day after this news broke, a seemingly historic tweet appeared on Kirchner’s account, which has since been deleted, along with all other tweets on his account, believed to have been posted in 2013. It read: ” Men classify women in one of four ways — mothers, virgins, s**** or b******.#factsonly.
A Kirchner spokesperson said BBC Radio Derby “The tweets were almost 10 years ago… He was quoting song lyrics and movie quotes. This is not his personal opinion. He acknowledges that the tweets are not suitable content. That’s why they were removed.”
Speaking following his meetings with Kirchner earlier this year, Rooney said: “He’s got some really good ideas and as long as things are going well for the club I can see that’s really positive.”
His Twitter account (@cskirchner) then suddenly disappeared from social media.
Soccer Mirror contacted Kirschner through his company Slync.IO for comment.
Rooney, speaking on Sky’s Monday Night Football , was asked how he finds him at Derby at the moment in a season that has given him problem after problem off the pitch, including point deductions, transfer embargoes and the takeover saga in Classes. He said: “All I want is to do my job and give the best version of myself as a coach. It’s all tough, it’s a challenge that I’m so proud of the staff and players for overcoming this.
“From the players’ point of view, you see that we sell ground every game and we attract big crowds every week, and it’s up to them to give hope to the fans. It’s difficult for the staff because some of them have been there for a long time and they have bad days, especially when they think something might happen with the football club.
“Of course there are bad days and I have to face them. It’s a big challenge but I’m a fighter and I will fight until the end whether we fall or not. At the minute we don’t know what the future of the club is, we really need to sit down and I desperately need a preferred candidate to come and discuss his ambitions and how he is going to take the club forward.”