Derby County owner Mel Morris is still personally paying the Rams players’ salaries.
That’s according to a claim made by The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, who revealed in a post on Twitter that Morris once again personally paid the wages of the Derby players for the month of June, something that has previously been reported to cost around £1.2m.
The owner remains in the midst of a battle to sell the club this summer, having already seen two takeover attempts fall through over the course of last season.
However, Nixon believes that, whatever Derby fans’ views are on Morris, the businessman deserves credit for his continued financial support, stating: “Mel Morris paid the wages yesterday. Whatever your views, the guy takes his responsibilities seriously.”
While it may be nice to be praised for the efforts he is putting in to keep Derby afloat ahead of next season, the fact that Morris is still having to pay the Rams playing staff out of his own pocket is likely to have left the owner fuming.
Indeed, selling the club in the near future appears a rather monumental task, with Derby currently battling the English Football League over their alleged breach of financial fair play rules – with the club facing the very real possibility of relegation to League One if a decision is made efficiently on the matter – having an enormous amount of work to do in the summer transfer window – with just 16 players currently on the club’s books for next season – and generally being in something of a financial disaster.
As such, while Morris paying the players wages’ is enough to keep the club’s head above water at present, it is not a difficult scenario to imagine that, if the owner fails to find a new buyer in the very near future, he will eventually either run out of liquid capital to continue to do so, or simply just not want to have to keep coughing up every month – an outcome that would indicate a very bleak future for Derby.