New Derby owner makes transfer promise after crisis club takeover finally over

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Derby County fans finally got their wish on Friday night.

After nine long months of running the club and after numerous botched takeovers, David Clowes has completed his purchase of the club. Longtime fan, Clowes said the deal was a proud moment, and that joy certainly lives up to Rams fans.

There is now genuine optimism ahead of the club’s first season in the third tier since 1986 after a miserable 18 months which included transfer embargoes, points deductions, administration and culminated in relegation. Clowes knows only too well the task facing him and the recruiting staff members.

The new season starts in just four weeks. As things stand, Derby don’t even have enough senior players to fill a squad. They only have 10 players right now.

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This includes no goalkeepers, four defenders (Nathan Byrne, Krystian Bielik, Eiran Cashin and Lee Buchanan), four midfielders (Max Bird, Louie Sibley, Jason Knight and Liam Thompson) and two forwards (Jack Stretton and Bartosz Cybulski) . All but two are 21 or younger.

Speaking after completing his takeover, Clowes admits the club are in a race to strengthen the squad: “Circumstances have dictated that our offer of ownership has been quick and that means we will take the time necessary to assess the operation of the club and any changes. we might need to do.

“What I will say is that the playing side of the club will receive all possible support. It is vital that we start work on recruitment immediately and for this we will draw on the expertise of existing staff as well as on putting in place a support structure to help them scale as quickly as possible to build a team that will be competitive in time for the new season.

Before the takeover was approved on Friday, two more players left Pride Park. Midfielder Louie Watson, 21, has been poached by Championship side Luton as compensation has been agreed between the clubs, avoiding a court case.

Also on Friday, former Manchester United player Ravel Morrison effectively ended his spell with Derby. He took to social media saying: “Thank you @dcfcofficial to all the players, staff and fans for making me feel at home, it’s been a season full of ups and downs but it was a a real honor to be part of such a wonderful club. I wish everyone the success of the club going forward.

Morrison, 29, is one of several players whose contracts expired last month and is now free to sign for a new club. The Rams have already seen Kelle Roos and Malcolm Ebiowei leave for Aberdeen and Crystal Palace respectively.

The future of longtime duo Tom Lawrence and Curtis Davies remains uncertain. Last week has not only seen new owners but a new man in the dugout, with former assistant boss Liam Rosenior stepping up to fill the void left by Wayne Rooney.

The former England and Man United striker has quit after 17 months in charge, saying it has been “one of the toughest decisions” he has had to make in his career. In a message to Derby fans, he wrote: “Thank you for welcoming me as one of your own. Please support the next manager and give him what you have given me, trust, incredible loyalty and support.

Derby start the campaign at home to Oxford on July 30.

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