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Derby's administration punishment 'could rise to a 24-POINT deduction if they fail to pay players'

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Derby’s administration punishment ‘could be extended to a 24-POINT deduction should they fail to pay manager Wayne Rooney and their players by the end of September’

  • Derby County announced this week they are going into administration 
  • The Rams are set to be handed a 12-point deduction due to the announcement 
  • Sportsmail revealed this week that a further nine-point FFP docking is expected
  • Derby could be given a further three-point ban should they fail to pay players
  • The Championship side had a suspended three-point deduction last season


Derby County’s points deduction could reportedly be extended to 24 should they fail to pay Wayne Rooney and his Rams players by the end of September.

The Championship club entered administration on Friday which will lead to a 12-point deduction according to EFL rules, with Sportsmail revealing earlier this week that a further nine-point deduction is expected due to financial irregularities within the club’s accounts. 

Derby, owned by Mel Morris, have struggled to find a new owner, which they blame on the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing Financial Fair Play inquiry into the club. 

Derby's points deduction could reportedly be extended to 24 points should they fail to pay manager Wayne Rooney (left) and his players by the end of the month

Derby’s points deduction could reportedly be extended to 24 points should they fail to pay manager Wayne Rooney (left) and his players by the end of the month

The Rams went into administration this week which is set to trigger a 12-points deduction

The Rams went into administration this week which is set to trigger a 12-points deduction

And according to The Sun, a three-point deduction could be added to Derby’s growing list of punishments should they fail to find the funds to pay the Rams players by the end of September.

Derby were handed a suspended three-point deduction for paying their playing staff too late last season and this could come into affect should they repeat the punishment.

The report says, however, that Derby are confident in finding a new buyer for the club, with American financiers MSD Holdings having the option to take over, with the group recently withdrawing from a takeover opportunity at Sunderland after showing interest to invest in Burnley and Southampton. 

Former Manchester City executive chairman Garry Cook has been in talks with the club in January with the intention of helping MSD take over Derby, but the group are said to be unwilling to make a purchase due to the club’s off-field problems. 

Former Manchester City executive chairman Garry Cook (above) is said to be leading a bid from MSD Holdings to help take over Derby

Former Manchester City executive chairman Garry Cook (above) is said to be leading a bid from MSD Holdings to help take over Derby

Spanish boxing promoter Erik Alonso was interested in taking over the club this summer, but his bid to control the club fell through with the businessman blaming the EFL for putting up too many barriers in his takeover bid. 

Derby have also claimed the ongoing investigation prevented them from drawing £8.3m in financial aid made available to all other Championship clubs to settle PAYE liabilities.

The 12-point deduction expected to be handed to Derby would take them to the foot of the Championship table on minus two points, even though the Rams beat Stoke City 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. 

Any additional punishments handed to Derby would seriously increase their chances of relegation to England’s third tier – League One – at the end of this season. 

Derby would go to the foot of the Championship table should they be handed the punishment

Derby would go to the foot of the Championship table should they be handed the punishment

Rams boss Wayne Rooney, who is Manchester United and England’s former captain and all-time record goalscorer for both teams, is defiant that he will not walk away from the job despite the club’s financial woes. 

‘I have said before that I am committed to this club and this group of players,’ said Rooney after the victory over Stoke. ‘I love working with them. I’m committed to the staff and I care about them. 

‘I’ll do all I can to get us through. We will get through it for the better though there are tough times ahead in the near future.

Manager Rooney insists he will not quit the club despite the ongoing financial issues at Derby

Manager Rooney insists he will not quit the club despite the ongoing financial issues at Derby

‘I don’t know what the points deduction is going to be. It’s 12 points for administration but whether there is more, I don’t know. My job is to rebuild from the football side and bring pride and dignity back to the club.

‘This is a big club with a huge fanbase and those fans deserve my full attention and the players’ full attention. Performances like today make it a more attractive club for potential investors. It’s important we get the right people in to run this club properly.

‘If the penalty is 12 points, we have a chance [of staying up]. If it goes beyond that we might have to start preparing for League One as well.’

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