Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has insisted that he is still committed to the club despite the news that his side are set to go into administration.
The Rams will receive a 12-point deduction due to the ongoing financial issues that they are facing and could potentially be docked nine points by the EFL as a result of a dispute between the two parties.
Derby backed up their recent draw with West Bromwich Albion by securing a 2-1 victory over Stoke City yesterday.
Goals from Max Bird and Curtis Davies sealed all three points for the Rams in-front of their supporters.
With Derby now set to face an uphill task to remain in the Championship as a result of their looming deduction, it will be intriguing to see whether the club will be able to defy the odds by launching a push for survival.
Making reference to the current situation that his side are facing, Rooney has admitted that he will be hoping to play a key role in helping to rebuild Derby.
Speaking to the Derby Telegraph after his side’s victory over Stoke about whether he had any thoughts about his own future following the administration news, Rooney said: “No.
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“I have said a few times over the months I am committed to this club, I am committed to the group of players, I am committed to the staff, I care about them.
“I will keep doing everything I can to help us get through this.
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“I think we will get through this for the better.
“We are going to have tough times ahead in the near future, I know that but it is my job now to start rebuilding this club and put it back together.”
Whilst many individuals would have walked away from Derby due to their ongoing struggles, Rooney has shown a great deal of character by opting to stick with the club in recent months.
After two separate takeover deals collapsed earlier this year, the Rams would have been hoping to secure some fresh investment in recent months.
However, current owner Mel Morris has yet to reach an agreement with a prospective buyer and is now seeking help from administrators.
If the Rams do indeed receive a sizeable points deduction, Rooney will need to start making plans for the long-term future of the club as he may find it extremely difficult to keep his side in the Championship.