Soccer-Derby set for administration amid financial uncertainty

Derby County have filed a notice to appoint administrators amid continued financial problems at the club, the English second-tier Championship side said on Friday.


Reuters | Updated: 18-09-2021 01:53 IST | Created: 18-09-2021 01:53 IST
Soccer-Derby set for administration amid financial uncertainty

Derby County have filed a notice to appoint administrators amid continued financial problems at the club, the English second-tier Championship side said on Friday. The club, managed by former England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, said it was unlikely that they would be able to identify a buyer in the short term despite negotiations with a number of "credible parties".

Derby owner Mel Morris, who has been at the club since 2015, has seen two potential deals fall through in recent months in his search for a takeover. "Because the COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on the revenues and profits of all of its businesses, the club has been unable to service its day-to-day financial obligations," Derby said in a statement https://www.dcfc.co.uk/news/2021/09/derby-county-board-of-directors-statement-17th-september-2021.

"The directors had no choice but to make the tough decision to take this action and protect the club." Derby are likely to face a 12-point deduction, the standard penalty for a club entering administration.

In July, the club was fined 100,000 pounds ($137,310) by an independent disciplinary commission for accounting irregularities and ordered to file restated accounts for 2016, 2017 and 2018 after initially being cleared of financial misconduct. Derby avoided being demoted to the third-tier League One after deciding not to appeal the decision, having finished one point above the relegation zone last season.

The club have been under a transfer embargo since before the summer transfer window opened after failing to pay player wages in previous months, which meant they were only allowed to sign free agents with strict limits on wages. Derby are 16th in the Championship with seven points from as many games. ($1 = 0.7283 pounds)

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