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Chris Kirchner featured amid ‘interest’ in buying Preston North End from Hemmings family

American businessman Chris Kirchner is said to be interested in buying Preston North End.

Based in the US, he flew in to watch PNE’s recent home draw with Huddersfield Town, according to The Sun.

The suitor is said to have the funds to tempt the Hemmings family, following the death of longtime CVO supporter Trevor Hemmings last October.

The club remains for sale at a price, like any North End player. That said, Craig Hemmings is currently enjoying the job.

Live throws believes Kirchner has recently looked at four or five different English clubs, having shown public interest in buying Derby County – before later pulling out of a deal for the Rams. Huddersfield Town is another club looking for new owners.

The report suggests that Kirchner, who was in the Middle East, wanted to fly in to take a look at the proposed facilities at North End and catch a game. This was after sponsoring a high level golf competition.

On the pitch, PNE have made gradual progress of late following the departure of Frankie McAvoy, with new boss Ryan Lowe instilling a positive atmosphere and environment at the club, both on and off the pitch. It’s a league defeat in 11 under Liverpool, following Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Peterborough United.

This, in turn, would make North End an attractive proposition for any potential buyer, should the club become available for purchase in the future.

Kirchner is the co-founder and CEO of software company Slync.io and, while only 34, has extensive business experience.

Based in San Francisco, his company has grown significantly over the past four years since its founding in 2017, having also run Kirchner Entertainment – a company he founded in 2009.

Kirchner went public with his interest in buying Derby County before withdrawing from the process in December 2021, writing in a statement: “It is with real sadness that I can confirm that I am withdrawing from the purchase process. Derby County Football Club First and foremost I would like to apologize to the fans As you know I have been in talks with the directors for about two months.

“Two weeks ago I made a formal offer to buy the club. I believe I have presented a very detailed, generous and ambitious long-term sustainable business plan. It included the purchase of the stadium, future funding and maintaining the status of the academy. We have improved that. offers more today.

“I wanted to agree to an agreement which I thought would be in the best interest of all parties but unfortunately the last 24 hours have proven that this is simply not possible. It is therefore with deep regret that I must now step aside and let the administrators take their own course.

“As I did when I entered the process, I want to be transparent in this process and communicate first and directly with the fans. I am very sorry that this is not better news. I wish everyone Derby supporters and everyone at the club all the best for the future.

“My team and I will become club owners, as was our goal when we started and we are moving forward.”