Wayne Rooney has admitted that he had to use the club doctor’s phone in an attempt to try and contact Mel Morris.
Rooney will be looking to guide his side to back-to-back wins this weekend amid a turmoil of ongoing events off the pitch.
The Rams go into this one bottom of the Championship having entered administration and been subsequently docked 12 points this week.
The club are set to be deducted another nine points as well, placing their hopes of Championship survival in plenty of doubt.
Mel Morris has, naturally, come under fire this week, but doesn’t seem be a man who is in close contact with the club’s manager, Rooney.
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Via The Athletic, Rooney told his press conference that he hadn’t spoken to the club’s owner since the start of August – and even said that he needed to borrow the doctor’s phone in an attempt to try and get hold of him.
He said: “Yeah, I tried to [contact Mel Morris]. I actually phoned him once off the doctor’s phone. He answered the phone. So, obviously he could answer phone calls from the doctor but not the manager.
“It wasn’t ideal. I’m trying to do my best for this club on this pitch, and a lot of people wanted answers which I couldn’t give them. It’s unfortunate that that’s the way it was, but that’s how that got handled. Thankfully now, I won’t have that worry of having to get in touch with him.”
Derby travel to Sheffield United this weekend, with the Rams hoping to build on last week’s 2-1 win over Stoke City.
You really do have to feel sorry for Rooney.
It’s his first job in management, yet he is having to contend with more than any other manager has to during their whole career.
If they are to be deducted another nine points, then it all but ends their hopes of staying in the Championship this season.