Discovery+ and Quest pundit Ian Holloway has admitted that he has some sympathy for Mel Morris following Derby County’s recent demise.
The Rams were deducted 12 points after officially entering administration last week and could potentially be docked nine more points as result of financial breaches.
After purchasing Derby in 2015, Morris tried to lead the club to the Premier League by backing several different managers.
The Rams got to within a game of the top-flight in 2019 as they beat Leeds United in the play-off semi-final.
However, Derby were unable to seal victory at Wembley Stadium as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.
Since this particular clash, the Rams have been on a downward spiral.
Morris failed in his attempts to sell the club to two prospective buyers earlier this year and incurred the wrath of the EFL who opted to place Derby under a transfer embargo.
With the Rams now in administration, there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding their future as they are in desperate need of fresh investment.
In an exclusive interview with Football League World, Holloway has revealed that he has some sympathy for Morris as he believes that things would have been different at Pride Park if the club had sealed promotion to the top-flight.
The former Queens Park Rangers boss said: “I feel for him [Morris], I think he’s tried so hard with everything at the club to get it to where he wants it to be, which is a club challenging in the Premier League.
“And he’s had to do it without the benefit of getting up and then getting relegated.
“He’s trying to do it with his own money and his own cash because the team hasn’t got there for him yet.
“They got very close, they lost in the play-off final with Frank Lampard.
“So they could have been in a very different position.
“I really feel for him because they had everything but the team.”
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