Derby fans ask the board for assurances that the troubled Championship club will not go into administration this season following the setback in the takeover of current owner Mel Morris
- Derby County is led by former England captain Wayne Rooney
- The Rams avoided relegation from the championship on the last day of last season
- Owner Mel Morris is determined to sell but has not been able to reach agreement on a takeover
- The Derby Supporters’ Trust sent a strongly worded letter to the club’s directors
Furious Derby supporters have demanded that the financially troubled club show proof that they have the money to complete the upcoming season.
The Rams, led by former England captain Wayne Rooney, avoided relegation from the championship on the final day of the final campaign but have endured a turbulent summer, with no takeover bid nearing completion and owner Mel Morris determined to club to sell.
In a letter to the directors, members of the Derby Supporters’ Trust ask: ‘Can the directors confirm that funding is in place to ensure the club can complete the coming season?
Wayne Rooney’s Derby avoided championship relegation on last day of last season
“Can you confirm that all outstanding debts to HMRC can be covered so that there is no risk of administration before the end of the coming season?
“We understand that a potential takeover is under negotiation but no transfer request has been made to (stadium) Pride Park or (training ground) Moor Farm so this cannot be finalized before the season starts.
“We understand that further information about the acquisition cannot be given until a deal has been concluded with credible investors, but we urge the club to keep supporters informed as much as possible.
“You will understand that supporters are both angry and frustrated at the club’s continued lack of communication. It’s at the point where not keeping promises about this is now unacceptable without respect for your customers and supporters.’
Derby faced the prospect of relegation to League One due to EFL concerns over their finances, with the governing body even publishing match lists featuring both Derby and Wycombe – which would have stayed put had Derby been awarded points.
But the League has not followed that course and the Rams will start the campaign in the second tier.