Derby County have received a 12-point deduction which sees them slip to the bottom of the Championship table on minus two points after appointing three joint administrators
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Derby County appointed three managing directors from business advisory firm Quantuma as their joint administrators on Wednesday.
The English Football League issued a 12-point penalty to the Rams in the Championship. This sends Wayne Rooney’s team to the bottom.
Derby’s legal advisors notified the High Court that administrators would be appointed last Friday. They already face points deductions and possible fines for Financial Fair Play violations.
As he tries to sell Derby football club, Mel Morris has witnessed negotiations with several interested parties stop. This latest setback for the Midlands side comes after Mel Morris lost all hope of negotiating.
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A statement released on the club’s official website on Wednesday confirmed Andrew Hosking, Carl Jackson, and Andrew Andronikou has been appointed as joint administrators.
Hosking, Quantuma managing director, said: “I can confirm that Andrew Andronikou, Carl Jackson, and I were appointed joint administrators of Derby County Football Club today.
“Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the finances of the club and its long-term ability to continue in its current form.
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“We recognize that with the commencement of the 2021/22 season last month, this news will be of concern to stakeholders and fans, in addition to the city of Derby and the wider football community.
“We are in the early stages of assessing the options available to the club and would invite any interested parties to come forward.
“Our immediate objectives are to ensure the club completes all its fixtures in the Championship this season and finding interested parties to safeguard the club and its employees.”
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Derby chiefs did not contact Rooney or his players to inform them they were going into administration, with the squad discovering their fate via Sky Sports.
Asked how he learned the news, Rams manager Rooney told Sky Sports: “I seen it on Sky.”
He added: “I’ve spoken to (CEO) Stephen Pearce after it but initially had seen it on TV. I haven’t spoken with Mel. I’m sure he’s got other things on his mind.”
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The news broke one day before Derby played host to Stoke City, with Rooney admitting it was a “very difficult” situation for him and his players.
“Obviously with the news breaking it was difficult for the players, the staff, and for the fans,” Rooney agreed.
“This is a difficult position that we find ourselves. My job is getting the players playing.
“All we can do is play with a lot of pride and my job is to bring some dignity back to the football club.”
Derby moved up to 12th in Championship with a win over the Potters 2-1. Their points total now stands at 10 from eight fixtures.
They are now at the bottom of this table, six points behind 23rd place Nottingham Forest, thanks to their 12-point deduction.
Rooney will next be taking a trip to Sheffield United, 15th in the table.