Commenting on confirmation that Chris Kirchner’s proposed takeover of Derby County has collapsed, East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said: “The saga surrounding Derby County has already gone on for far too long and this latest chapter only serves to compound the misery felt by many people across Derby and the surrounding area.
“The football club is an integral component of the city’s heritage, make-up and economy, with the prosperity of both intrinsically linked.
“A successful team competing at the top of the sport creates a healthy atmosphere across the whole area and this will always have positive economic consequences.
“Companies located in and around the city benefit from the tens of thousands of people who turn up every match to support their club – pubs, cafés, restaurants and shops will be packed before each game, while local transport networks rely on the increased number of passengers to remain viable.
“But it’s also much more than that. Derby County is a part of the city and county’s fabric.
“So fans, communities and businesses alike have understandably been hoping for a positive update from the joint administrators. This latest takeover setback creates more uncertainty for an area that is desperate for some good news on securing the future of a sporting institution they rely on.
“It’s vital the football authorities and administrators work together to finally put an end to this sour episode and find a positive resolution that secures the long-term future of Derby County Football Club.”