After a chaotic summer at Pride Park with their EFL-imposed embargo, the one thing Derby County supporters will be crying out for over the coming weeks and months is stability.
That, and permission to make more signings of course, but this stability may not come until owner Mel Morris and the East Midlands side’s board can remove some of the charges made against the club in recent months.
As per the EFL’s embargo reporting service, they have broken five of the governing body’s rules, all of which are currently keeping the club under tight transfer restrictions and will continue to do so until each charge is addressed.
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The most recent rule broken has been their failure to pay transfer fee instalments for incoming players, something that may be of concern to Rams fans after seeing a potential takeover from Spanish businessman Erik Alonso collapse during the summer.
With Mel Morris seemingly prepared to sell and ownership uncertainty continuing to engulf the Championship outfit, the club’s supporters trust have called on Derby’s hierarchy to provide answers to some of the burning questions fans will inevitably have after a torrid past few months at Pride Park.
Speaking last week about the current takeover situation at the club in his Q&A session, Derbyshire Live reporter Steve Nicholson was able to provide some sort of clarity and said: “I believe there are still parties interested in buying the club but those parties are probably waiting on the outcome of the issue between the EFL and the club.”
Supporters who want the Morris era to end will be encouraged by the news that there is still interest from elsewhere, but at this stage, an imminent sale seems unlikely and they may have to strap themselves in for the next few months for what could be a tough 2021/22 campaign with a clear lack of squad depth.
With a youthful, energetic and promising squad at their disposal, their future could potentially be looking bright if they can recover from the financial and ownership situation they currently find themselves in.
But with the club yet to submit their full accounts to the EFL and a potential breach of profit and sustainability rules on the horizon, this might only be the start of a tough time in the East Midlands.
Fresh ownership, new board members and a new strategy could be a game-changer for Wayne Rooney’s side, although it is currently unclear when this ownership issue will be resolved after seeing multiple takeover attempts fall through in the last six months.