Relegation looms large for Derby County after a 12-point deduction

Pride Park Stadium-Derby County FC

Championship outfit Derby County are currently languishing at the bottom of the league table after they were dealt a 12 point deduction.

The Rams went into administration earlier this month after massive financial losses.

Apparently club chairman Mel Morris’ failure to sell the club after the Covid-19 pandemic damaged the revenue streams has led to this situation.

The Championship outfit were in talks with an American consortium and an Abu Dhabi based group regarding takeovers but both proposals collapsed eventually.

According to the EFL Championship rules, clubs are permitted to make a maximum loss of £39 million across three seasons but Derby were in breach of the league’s profit and sustainability rules.

Prior to the administration, Wayne Rooney’s side had ten points from eight games and it will be interesting to see if the Rams can avoid relegation from the championship this season.

Apparently, the club could face a further nine-point deduction for a separate breach of EFL rules.

The EFL have now held talks with the newly appointed administrators and talks have been planned with the fan groups and the local MPs in order to sort out a sustainable future for the club.

The EFL’s chief executive, Trevor Birch, said (via Guardian): “I appreciate this is a challenging and concerning period for everyone associated with the club, particularly the staff and supporters, and it is our intention to work proactively with the administrators and all relevant parties with the objective of securing a long-term and viable future for Derby County.”

The fans will be hoping that the Rams can avoid any further sanctions as it could end their chances of staying in the Championship next season. The current deduction is already a hammer blow for Wayne Rooney and his players.