Teams: Derby County, Burton Albion
Chairman John Sleightholme feels Derby County would have a better future if the club were returned to local ownership.
His comments come as fellow-owner, director and chief executive Jeremy Keith, is in talks with London-based finance company SISU over possible new investment.
But a rival takeover bid has been made by a consortium of local businessmen headed by former Rams vice-chairman Peter Gadsby.
Sleightholme agrees the club need investment and says all offers have to be considered, adding that any decision must be made in the best interests of the club.
But he concedes the involvement of local people on the board is the preference of the supporters and must be seriously considered as the way forward.
"My personal opinion is that the club will thrive by being in local ownership," said Sleightholme, who was installed as chairman when the current board took control in October 2003.
"There are so many ways in which finance can be introduced and it is for the board and the bank to look at all the options and consider which is the best offer.
"The bank should also take into account the wish of the fans.
"They would like to see local people involved on the board and my view is that this is something the bank and the board have to take very seriously.
"The fans are more likely to rally round and give their support to a measure of local ownership rather than outside, although outside has to be considered because it may well be in the best interests of the club.
"It is not a simple equation.
"Emotion comes into it and a measure of logic comes into it, and those take me in one direction but, overall, one has to look at all the offers that might be on the table."
Any involvement by SISU is likely to see Sleightholme and director of football Murdo Mackay being shown the door.
Sleightholme is aware of this and says it is an option.
"It is well known that Murdo Mackay and I are close and believe in each other," he said.
"I believe Murdo has a part to play at the club. As a former football agent, he can act very skilfully on our behalf when it comes to negotiating players' contracts and bringing players to the club.
"I believe he would be a great loss to the club."
Sleightholme's comments are a further hint of a boardroom split at Derby.
He admits there are differences of opinion, adding: "I regard it as healthy to have differences of opinions and so in that sense there are times when there are splits.
Seems Sleightholme knows the score, not that fat prick Kieth needs too wake up and smell the coffee.
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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