Derby County are set to be hit with a further points deduction after coming to an agreement with the EFL over multiple financial breaches, per The Telegraph.
It’s been reported that the Rams’ administrators Quantuma have ‘reluctantly’ accepted the nine-point deduction which will almost certainly condemn them to relegation at the end of the season.
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The further deduction will take their points tally to -11, 18 points behind Peterborough who occupy 21st position in the league.
The EFL will also impose a business plan on the Rams as part of the agreement to deduct points which the new administrators will have to follow in order to not be hit with any more sanctions.
Despite Derby’s obvious issues, six ‘serious and well-funded’ parties are interested in purchasing the club, according to lead administrator Andrew Hosking and that players will be paid this month.
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Rooney is set to keep his job as manager but according to The Telegraph the debt levels remain a cause for concern for administrators, with HMRC being the biggest unpaid creditor with £26 million owed to them.
This decision will almost certainly send Derby into League One at the end of the season – unless Rooney can lead a miraculous turn-around.
The Rams have done well on the pitch so far this season and this latest setback will be a real test of the resolve of the squad.
With a mix of experienced pros and young talents, Rooney has a thread-bare but talented set of players at his disposal but despite good results like a recent victory against Stoke City, this may be too much to overcome.
The latest deduction could potentially put off a few potential buyers of the club but should a legitimate party come forward and take County off the administrators hands then they could give battling relegation a real go for the rest of the season.