The points hit will kick in if administrators Quantuma cannot pay the player’s wages for the month of May, with the report suggesting that they may struggle to do just that.
If that happens, then the Rams will start next season on minus three points as a suspended points deduction, which was issued in December 2020 when Mel Morris failed to pay the playing staff, would be triggered.
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And if the County players were also not paid on time in the month of June, which is when the suspended points deduction period ends, then the club could be deducted an extra three points on top of that.
However, the only way for the club to avoid a deduction would be for the players and staff to defer their wages on a voluntary basis until there is money in the bank to be paid.
The ownership situation at the Rams is still up in the air, with Chris Kirchner’s exclusivity period being extended this week after it expired over the weekend.
But with Mike Ashley signalling his intentions behind the scenes to do a deal for both the club and Pride Park with Mel Morris, the future is still very much uncertain, with Kirchner attempting to negotiate a private deal for the stadium.
Rams fans probably thought the threat of having points taken off them was all over, but it’s happening again.
There were rumours that the club would run out of money when the 2021-22 Championship season ended, which is why it wouldn’t be a surprise if Quantuma cannot afford to pay the wages.
Chris Kirchner’s intentions were to already own the club by now and he would have been funding it, which means there would have been no issues with paying the players and in turn no threat of a deduction.
However the Pride Park saga with Morris has prolonged everything again and now Derby risk starting on minus points in the third tier next season, which wouldn’t be ideal.