Defiant Wayne Rooney is adamant he WON’T quit as he claims he will ‘do all he can to get Derby through’ their administration turmoil
- Derby County scraped three points in a 2-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday
- The game followed news that Derby County have gone into administration
- The Rams are now heading for an automatic 12-point deduction as a result
- The Derby boss is adamant he will stick around following the bombshell news
Wayne Rooney insists he has no plans to walk away from Derby despite the turmoil surrounding the Championship club as they prepare to enter administration.
The Rams beat Stoke 2-1 to record their first home win of the season but face a 12-point penalty in the coming days — as Rooney revealed he had learned of the news from television sports channels.
England’s record goalscorer says he has had no contact with club owner Mel Morris ‘for a while now’ yet — at this stage — he has no thoughts of leaving and even believes he could keep Derby up if the punishment does not exceed 12 points.
Derby County put their off-field issues to one side as they defeated Stoke City 2-1
Derby’s fans will suffer the most from the administration and blame the board for the peril
But Rooney talked openly of playing in League One next season if the penalty is greater. ‘I have said before that I am committed to this club and this group of players,’ said Rooney. ‘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.
Wayne Rooney has revealed he found out the club were going into administration on TV
‘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.’
As well as the 12 points, Derby are in a separate dispute with the EFL over historic breaches of spending rules, with a nine-point penalty being discussed.
First-half goals from Max Bird and Curtis Davies helped Derby to a victory that briefly lifted the gloom. Tom Ince replied for Stoke in the second half. At the final whistle, a number of Derby fans chanted for Morris to ‘get out of our club’.
Derby could face further sanctions by the EFL over a dispute in regards to spending rules
The Derby boss is committed to the club, claiming he loves working with his group of players
Rooney acknowledged that administration would mean the loss of jobs for some employees, who he plans to address when he has more information. ‘There will be people who loses their jobs who have mortgages and bills to pay,’ he said.
‘To have that snatched away is heartbreaking. It’s been a very difficult 24 hours. I’ve seen administration happen to other clubs and it’s not a great position to be in.
‘I found out the news on television which is not ideal. Communication is key and I have had no contact with Mel for a while now.
‘It’s been difficult to address fans and I don’t know the situation when I speak to the players. I am very proud of the players and staff today. I was less interested in the result than in the players showing the fans they care. They deserve a lot of praise and I am sure the fans are proud.’