Frank Lampard DEFENDS under fire Derby owner Mel Morris after Rams came into administration this week, as former boss claims he ‘cares deeply about the club’
- Derby County stepped into government on Wednesday as their crisis continues
- The Rams were deducted 12 points, which could rise to nine due to financial difficulties
- Frank Lampard has defended Rams owner Mel Morris coming under fire from fans
- Lampard coached Derby for a year and says Morris cares about the club
Frank Lampard has defended Derby owner Mel Morris after the Rams went into administration this week, saying the businessman is “brilliant on the human side” and “cares deeply about the club”.
The crisis championship club announced on Wednesday that they had gone into administration and were given an automatic 12-point deduction under EFL rules, putting them at the bottom of the table.
A statement from the club said Andrew Hosking, Carl Jackson and Andrew Andronikou of business consultancy Quantuma would serve as joint trustees.
Frank Lampard (right) has defended Derby owner Mel Morris (left) after Rams government was announced this week
Lampard managed Derby during the 2018-19 season and nearly took them to the top flight
Sports post understands that the Rams could be given an additional points deduction from the EFL over an investigation into financial irregularities at the club and as criticism of owner Morris mounts, former Derby manager Lampard has defended the businessman.
“I don’t know the current circumstances, but Mel Morris cares a lot about the club,” Lampard told Coral. “He has invested a fortune in it and I can only praise him and how he treated me.
“People will have different stories about Mel, but he was great to me during my time there. He was brilliant on the human side of things.
Lampard (right) claims Morris (left) cares deeply about the club and is good at the human level
“He took care of me, the people who worked there and all the players. I really hope they find the right solutions, because I had a great time there.’
Lampard was in charge of Derby for the 2018-19 season, marking the 43-year-old’s first manager since retiring as a player, before being taken over by former club Chelsea a year later.
The former Blues and England midfielder led the Rams to the Championship play-off final, beating Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, but defeated Derby 2-1 at Wembley’s flagship Aston Villa, who are now a regular Premier League fixture again. club.
But Derby, led by former England striker Wayne Rooney, now face an uphill battle to stay in the second row after their EFL deduction took them to minus two points and nine points from safety after eight games.
Lampard helped Derby reach the Championship play-off final in his first season as coach
Owner Morris has deposited the club under administration, which was confirmed on Wednesday
Morris faced strong criticism from Rams supporters on social media after their government was confirmed on Wednesday.
One fan said: ‘I hate what Mel has done to this club. That we trusted him so blindly. That his decisions led us to this. On the edge of existence. terrible.’
Another added: ‘I don’t know how Mel Morris can put all the trouble on covid alone. He has spent too much for years (sic). I know that covid hasn’t helped football in general, but still.”
Still, many fans spoke of their emotional state when they saw their beloved club enter the administration, and one described it as “one of the lowest points a fan can feel when supporting a club.”
Many Rams fans expressed their anger and disgust at the Derby’s owner in the current situation
He continues: ‘None of this nonsense about losing to your local rival or anything. That’s nothing compared to this. Really wonder if we’ll have a club to support in a year’s time.’
One fan hoped a buyer would be found – who reportedly needs £50million to pay off the club’s debt -: ‘Taking out a team close to my heart. I refuse to believe that there is no one who wants to buy the club and really invest in the club. Hopefully a good buyer will be found soon.’
Another pointed to the penalty, compared to the Premier League top six and the failed European Super League break in April: “Meanwhile, the big 6 and the proposed Super League idea are getting away with a fine. Go figure. Double standards’
Lampard paid tribute to the city of Derby as he looked back on his season there
Lampard, meanwhile, paid tribute to the city of Derby as he reminisced about his one season at the club and lifted the lid on how much the football club means to the people there.
“The bond I’ve built with Derby in one year, the fans, the city, everyone so welcoming, it’s been a good year.
“We didn’t quite get where we wanted to be, but I had a great time there and what struck me when I read the news about what’s happening there right now was for the people who work behind the club. the scenes.
“It’s a club with so much history and the way there’s only one club in town, so everyone there supports Derby. Most of the people who work at the club support Derby, have done so much for years, given so much and put so much effort into the community.”