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Derby County could be facing an even bigger points deduction, after going into administration this week, which would make it impossible for Wayne Rooney to keep the team in the Championship.
This week it was revealed that Derby have had to go into administration, after plenty of talk that the Championship side were having financial issues.
Owner Mel Morris has tried and failed to sell the club on a couple of occasions, with the owner blaming Covid for the reason he hasn't been able to sell the club.
Administration will lead to a 12 point deduction for Rooney's team. Following the team's win against Stoke City it would leave them on just minus two points, but that would still only be nine points from safety, which would be catchable.
However, things could get much worse for the Rams, according to the Sun. Before the administration, the club were negotiating with the Football League about another points deduction to do with late payments last season.
That other points deduction would be a further 12 points, although three of those would be suspended, meaning they'd have 21 points taken off them.
Rooney's side will likely be hit with that further three suspended points though, if the players and staff can't be paid their September wages at the end of the month.
That would mean a whopping 24 points deducted, leaving the club on minus 14 points and with 21 to catch up just to get out of the bottom three right now.
The manager revealed on Saturday that he only found out about the administration from watching Sky Sports News.
🗣 "I saw it on Sky."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 18, 2021
Wayne Rooney reveals how he found out about the news surrounding Derby County pic.twitter.com/y2hNWx17dV
After the game on Saturday the 35-year-old revealed he had no intention to leave the club, despite the off field problems.
"I have said before that I am committed to this club and this group of players. I love working with them. I’m committed to the staff and I care about them.
"I’ll do all I can to get us through. We will get through it for the better though there are tough times ahead in the near future.
"I don’t know what the points deduction is going to be. It’s 12 points for administration but whether there is more, I don’t know. My job is to rebuild from the football side and bring pride and dignity back to the club.
"This is a big club with a huge fanbase and those fans deserve my full attention and the players’ full attention.
" Performances like today make it a more attractive club for potential investors. It’s important we get the right people in to run this club properly.
"If the penalty is 12 points, we have a chance [of staying up]. If it goes beyond that we might have to start preparing for League One as well."
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