Alan Nixon has dropped a worrying claim on Derby County’s ongoing off-field struggles.
In a recent post on Twitter, The Sun journalist discussed both Middlesbrough and Wycombe Wanderers’ compensation claims against the Midlands outfit, with the former suggesting that the Rams’ financial irregularities saw them miss out on a play-off place back in 2018/19, while the latter suggest that the Pride Park side’s breaking of EFL rules resulted in their relegation from the Championship last season.
And, in response to a fan asking what his opinion on the claims lodged against Derby, Nixon said: “Up to them. Very dangerous precedent all the same.”
Considering the sheer volume of off-field issues Wayne Rooney’s side are currently facing, with the club still being in administration and no potential buyer appearing close to completing a takeover of the club, the fact that Boro are claiming £45m and Wycombe £6m in compensation from the Rams will certainly have Derby fans terrified about their club’s future.
Indeed, speaking about the duo’s claims against the club, Carl Jackson – one of the administrators working with Derby – suggested that the issue will indeed need to be discussed with the EFL, something that – should the league’s governing body feel the Rams do indeed owe both clubs compensation – could have disastrous consequences for the Championship side.
Jackson said: “The claims are against Derby County Football Club and therefore, principally, those are issues that we have to deal with. It’s fair to say that there have been discussions with the EFL about those particular claims, and what I can say is the EFL will do what they can, working with us, to actually ensure those claims are dealt with properly and are not an impediment to our plans to restructure the club and find a new owner.”
However, as Nixon suggests, if Derby are forced into paying compensation to both Boro and Wycombe, it would indeed appear to create a dangerous president in the wider game, as any club punished by a league or competition’s governing body for breaking financial regulations would then subsequently face claims from any side who feel they were affected by the matter.
Either way, the news is certainly not good for Derby County or their fans, with the future of the Rams looking bleaker by the day.