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Steve McClaren wades in on Derby County’s takeover saga

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Steve McCLaren has confirmed there is an interested party looking to take over Derby County.

The former Derby manager has shown optimism that there is light at the end of the tunnel for the struggling club.

Derby were hit with a 21-points deduction for going into administration which has left the Rams bottom of the Championship table and fighting for its survival in the division. 

“It just needs taking over,” said McClaren, via the i Paper

“There are many stumbling blocks towards that but there’s people interested. It can be a great club again.

“I’m still involved, the administrators still wanted me involved in terms of people taking over the club and giving advice on that and also just seeing the progress that Wayne [Rooney] is making as a manager has been fantastic.”

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Rooney’s side are making a spirited comeback against the threat of relegation. Derby are on 11-points despite the massive deduction penalty they received.

This has left the team needing to catch up 11-points on Reading, who are 21st and suffering from systemic issues of their own. 

The Royals lost their most recent game 7-0 at home to Fulham, which will likely only embolden Derby’s belief that they can stay in the Championship. 

Mike Ashley was the most recent person linked with the purchase of the club, for a reported fee of roughly £50 million.

Derby have won three of their last four league games, drawing the other. Their next game comes against the in-form Sheffield United, who are on a four game winning run of their own. The two sides meet on January 15. 

The Verdict

Steve McClaren has a lot of experience in football and he will know whether or not there is a valid reason to be optimistic. It is unlikely that he would give the fans a false sense of hope.

There has been a lot more positivity coming from Derby in recent weeks in general, with management staff and the players both revealing their belief that they can stay up this season.

However, they will need a new owner by the end of the month to give them the best chance of survival. Signings will need to be made.

But the work that they have done to put themselves in such a salvageable position is highly commendable, whatever happens in the second half of the season.


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