Chris Kirchner: Who is this new Derby County owner?

    While the England club Derby County had a very tough time in the 2021/22 season, they are now ready to get huge relief due to the onboarding of new ownership in the club. Here we are introducing their owner Chris Kirchner.

    As a Championship team, Derby County just failed to qualify for the English Premier League multiple times in recent years. The COVID-19 forced the club to face deeper financial issues.

    Derby County’s hard time in the 2021/22 season

    Ultimately, in September 2021, Derby County entered the administration with a 12-point deduction in the EFL Championship 2021/22. Later, the club faced more nine-point deductions in the EFL Championship 2021/22 due to breaching EFL accounting rules.

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    The Rams actually earned 55 points at the end of this EFL Championship season – the joint 17th most points in the tournament that could easily save them from the relegation spot in the 24-team competition. But due to the massive 21 points deduction, Derby ultimately had 34 points with their relegation fate to the EFL League One.

    Now, the Rams are focusing to work harder and come back to better positions in the upcoming seasons. The club is ready to get a boost with the new owners as the American entrepreneur Chris Kirchner is very close to buying this club.

    Kirchner has already confirmed in his social media account about the work-in-progress to own this club. In the meantime, the EFL Board has just given conditional approval to the proposed acquisition of Derby County by the company CK Sports Holdings Limited, which is controlled by Kirchner. The final approval is subject to the Asset Purchase Agreement and a finalised deal of a lease on the stadium.

    Who is Chris Kirchner?

    Chris Kirchners
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    US entrepreneur Chris Kirchner is a co-founder, Chairman and CEO at, a logistics technology partner. Previously, he was a founder and CEO at Founder, CEO at Kirchner Entertainment that was involved in various ventures in Advertising and Entertainment. He also served the roles of the Director of Marketing & Sales and Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Turner Labels.

    Kirchner is a big sports fan as he has mentioned on social media handles about his attraction towards football, cars and golf.

    Chris Kirchner’s marks in sports

    Chris Kirchners
    Image Credit: Twitter currently sponsors some top professional golfers in worldwide like Albane Valenzuela, Justin Rose, Viktor Hovland, Erik van Rooyen, Bernd Wiesberger, Jennifer Kupcho, Sepp Straka and Xinjun Zhang.

    Also, the is a partner of the ice hockey team Dallas Stars, who participate in the National Hockey League (NHL).

    Derby County is going to be Kirchner’s first involvement in football. However, just a few months ago, he attempted to buy another EFL Championship club Preston North End after his initial failure to purchase the Rams, but the Lilywhites deal just failed to get finalized. 

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