Some Liverpool supporters have taken to Twitter to warn Derby County over a potential takeover bid from Foster Gillett.
The Daily Mail claim Foster Gillett is in talks with Derby over a £60 million takeover deal. It is claimed he has been in contact with Mel Morris since last season, having positive conversations.
Foster Gillett is the son of former Liverpool owner George Gillett. Gillett Snr was a controversial figure at Anfield, with the Daily Mail reporting how he often clashed with fans and former Reds boss Rafa Benitez.
Some Liverpool supporters don’t look back on his tenure at the club with great positivity. Taking to Twitter, the Reds fans posting have warned Derby that Gillett Jnr could have an equally negative impact.
Don’t do it Derby, they will take you into administration.
— Jurgen’s SIXy Football (@AshiqueNasar) September 11, 2019
Yeah, seems a bad idea for Derby
— Richard Dickinson (@RochardDockinso) September 11, 2019
Don’t do this Derby, the Gillets and Hicks took Liverpool to the brink!
— James Claypole (@nicam8) September 11, 2019
My heart goes out to them….
— Louis Hutchison (@rorylouis) September 11, 2019
They need warning about this lot.
— Paul Kent (@paulkent82) September 11, 2019
Derby are finished
— Thejackal1981 (@Michael50612885) September 11, 2019
Mel Morris continues to look for further investment:
Derby owner Mel Morris has been open about wanting further investment into the Rams. The lifelong Derby fan took over as sole owner back in 2015, investing heavily into the club.
Despite Morris’s heavy spending, Derby have failed to reach the Premier League with three Championship playoff defeats in the past five seasons. Now the club face a battle to comply with FFP rules.
Morris helped appease FFP by selling Derby’s Pride Park stadium to another of his companies, only to lease it back. It was a controversial move which saw the club post a pre-tax profit of £14.6 million this year.
The Daily Mail go on to say that Morris has spoken to other investors from China and the USA but has yet to receive an acceptable offer.
George Gillett and Tom Hicks’ funding for Liverpool’s takeover was mostly made up of loans. It caused problems at Anfield having failed to refinance the loans, prompting the sale of the club to John W Henry.
Don’t do it Derby.
— Jonny Alves (@JonnyLFC93) September 11, 2019
I feel sorry for them…
— Niraj G (@Niraj_G10) September 11, 2019