Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has revealed that he couldn’t forgive himself if he opted to walk away from the club at such an uncertain time.
The Rams are set to be handed a 12-point deduction after revealing last Friday that they have been forced to call in the administrators due to their current financial woes.
Derby have witnessed two separate takeover deals collapse this year as owner Mel Morris has struggled to complete a deal with prospective buyers.
If the points deduction is confirmed this week, the Rams will drop to the bottom of the Championship standings.
With his side now set to face an uphill task to retain their place in the second-tier this season, Rooney will need to keep his players motivated ahead of their upcoming clashes with Sheffield United and Reading.
Making reference to the current situation at Derby, the Rams boss has admitted that he is still determined to lead the club into a new dawn.
Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, Rooney said: “If you look at the difference in some of the players to maybe a year ago, it’s massive.
“Even some of the older players, Curtis [Davies] and Jags [Phil Jagielka] the performances they’re putting in.
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“And then seeing the likes of Max Bird developing, Louie Sibley, who’s had tough moments.
“He’s come into the team the last few weeks and we’ve seen a steady rise in his performances.
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“I’m enjoying that side of it and I wouldn’t forgive myself if I walked out on them players because I’m asking them to sacrifice a lot, and give everything.
“So for me to leave them in the lurch and walk out, that’s just not in my nature.”
The last thing that Derby need at the moment is a sudden change in management and thus Rooney’s comments regarding his future should offer the club’s supporters some reassurance.
With the 35-year-old looking to guide the Rams through this uncertain period in their history, it will be interesting to see if off-the-field matters affect the club’s performances in the coming weeks.
Derby have managed to make a relatively encouraging start to the season despite the fact that they were unable to purchase players in the summer transfer window.
Set to face the Blades this weekend, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the Rams deliver another spirited performance on their travels when they head to Bramall Lane.