Derby County are heading into the biggest 10 day period of their recent history as they look to battle to stay in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Rams have been on a wretched run of form recently and that’s extended to most of the season, with Wayne Rooney unable to arrest the slide in his first managerial job that Phillip Cocu started earlier in the season.
It’s been an interesting campaign for Derby, who have been embroiled in takeover chaos for months with Mel Morris looking to offload the club.
He thought he had a deal with Abu Dhabi-based Sheikh Khaled, one which was agreed back in November, but it was called off for good last month after he failed to show the funds to complete the deal.
That is when 29-year-old Spaniard Erik Alonso swooped in to agree a deal with Morris, with only EFL approval needed for the change of ownership to go through.
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Because of the takeover delays with Sheikh Khaled earlier in the season, there have been issues with player payments on occasion, with the squad only receiving their December 2020 wages a month later than usual.
There will be no issue this time around though with Alonso’s takeover waiting for approval – with current owner Morris set to pay the monthly wages to the tune of £1.2 million, per Rob Dorsett of Sky Sports.
This particular update has seemingly baffled Derby fans, who don’t see why it is a big deal that Morris – who still runs the club – is paying the players, which is his job.
So basically Derby players will be paid on time? No story then 🤔🤔🤔
— Paul Mottershead ⚫⚪ Dcfc 🏴🐏 (@PaulMotto) April 28, 2021
The players should accept just half the wages for the half a job. That's being nice as well. From the top to the bottom the club is in a mess.
— Shippo (@shippo8313) April 28, 2021
Oh employer pays employees on time. Well that’s a first. Cheers Rob
— scott (@scottneedham88) April 28, 2021
Breaking. Owner pays players https://t.co/OTwUqKSXuf
— Liam (@LWTS96) April 28, 2021
I feel like I've heard this one before… https://t.co/WUC9Sna65z
— Total Derby County (@totaldcfc) April 28, 2021
Wage bill has come down a lot! Now only 14 mill a year… good news… apart from that it’s a nothing story… I should also get my wages at the end of the month.. https://t.co/9WdUZU9BYA
— Mick Massey 🐑 (@topklobber) April 28, 2021
Here we go again https://t.co/4Y3m7wpCoO
— Lewis 🇪🇸🐏 (@Lewisdcfc1) April 28, 2021
The saga begins 😅😵 https://t.co/LYhcpzd0Sx
— L (@LLJM__) April 28, 2021
— Harry Holmes (@harryhgholmes) April 28, 2021