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GSE's Derby backers still to be unveiled

The consortium behind General Sports and Entertainment's £50 million takeover of Derby County is still to be revealed.

American company GSE, headed by new Rams chairman Andy Appleby, owns 93 per cent of the club's shares and Adam Pearson, who was chairman when the deal was done, has seven per cent.

GSE are managing the investment of a consortium they have brought together, but the identities of the investors within the consortium have yet to be revealed.

"I can tell you that they are all great people, completely international," said Appleby.

"We have investors in Hong Kong, California and Canada, and they all recognise that this is a wonderful opportunity.

"They have complete trust in ourselves to be a part of this, but they'll all be in the directors' box periodically over the next few months.

"Again, they're just private people who prefer to stay out of the limelight. They don't mind that all the attention is on us."

GSE's announcement on their website said they were acting for other investors.

A statement says: "GSE leads an international investment group that has acquired the Derby County Rams and GSE will oversee management of the club on behalf of the investment group."

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