‘I HATE what Mel has done to this club’: Derby fans livid at owner Morris after club enters administration and are docked 12 points – with any new buyer needing £50m just to pay off the club’s debt
Derby fans have reacted with anger and heartbreak after their club formally entered administration on Wednesday.
The Rams, managed by former England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, have been given an automatic 12-point deduction under EFL rules, sending them to the bottom of the Championship table.
They also face the threat of an additional points deduction as a penalty from the EFL relating to irregularities in the club’s accounts, with owner Mel Morris bearing the brunt of criticism from supporters on social media.
Derby fans have reacted with anger and heartbreak after their club entered administration
Wayne Rooney’s side have been automatically hit with a 12-point deduction by the EFL
One fan said: ‘I hate what Mel has done to this club. That we trusted him so blindly. That his decisions have lead us to this. On the precipice of existence. Abysmal.’
Another added: ‘I don’t know how Mel Morris can put the whole of the problems solely on covid. He has over spent (sic) for years. I know covid hasn’t helped football in general but still.’
Yet many fans told of their emotional state at having to see their beloved club enter administration, with one describing it as ‘one of the lowest points a fan can feel when supporting a club.’
He continues: ‘None of this boll**** about losing to your local rival or whatever. That’s nothing compared to this. Genuinely wonder whether we’ll have a club to support in a years time.’
Owner Mel Morris has tried to find a new buyer of the club amid the club’s deepening crisis
Yet many Rams fans expressed their anger and disgust at the Derby owner in the current plight
One fan hoped a buyer – who will reportedly need £50m just to pay off the club’s debt – could be found: ‘Gutting for a team very close to my heart. I refuse to believe there isn’t somebody out there wanting to buy the club and genuinely invest into the club. Hopefully a good buyer is found soon.’
A statement from the club said that Andrew Hosking, Carl Jackson and Andrew Andronikou of business advisory firm Quantuma would serve as joint administrators.
The Rams announced late on Friday night they had made the ‘tough decision’ to file notice to appoint administrators amid mounting financial problems.
In a statement last week, the Rams blamed the latest setback on the consequences of the pandemic and the ongoing EFL inquiry into their accounts, which had deterred a takeover in January 2020.
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