And he doesn’t just mean that the Rams won’t win the Champions League! The Guardian report that General Sport Entertainment’s acquisition of Derby County for £50 million will not result in a Liverpool-style scenario, where uncertainty over the club’s finances and manager Rafael Benitez’s future has dogged the Reds season. At least that’s what GSE chairman Andy Appleby is saying:
“The Liverpool situation is different to this one at Derby but I can only tell you that we are extremely transparent. You can come to my house tomorrow night. We are really good honest, trustworthy people who do things the right way and that has helped us become successful,” said Appleby.
“My guess is that they probably made some mistakes that we probably don’t want to repeat. We have no intention of undermining anyone on the football side. We respect the manager and Adam Pearson [the chairman]. They’ve forgotten more about English football than we know.”
Sounds a bit like the budweiser advert, except its: ‘we’ll do the financing, you do the football’. COS will see you round at Andy’s house tonight – do remember to bring a bottle of wine.