Derby County are facing the very real possibility of incurring a double-figure points deduction for next season.
That’s according to a report by The Sun on Sunday (via Football League World), who claim that, unless the latest takeover talks are concluded as efficiently as possible, Wayne Rooney’s side are likely to be handed the harshest possible points deduction that they could receive.
In terms of the club’s sale, following the failed takeover attempt of Spanish businessman Erik Alonso, it has now been reported that Mel Morris is in talks with an American consortium regarding the purchase of the club.
The joy of securing Championship survival on the final day of the season is something that has been incredibly short-lived for Derby fans, as, since their 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday towards the start of May, there has been something of a conveyor belt of bad news at Pride Park.
As mentioned previously, the attempted purchase of Derby by Alonso’s No Limits Sports Limited has been called off due to Morris being unconvinced that the 29-year-old actually had the financial backing to complete the deal.
This means that the Rams have now seen two takeover bids fall through this season, as an attempt to purchase Derby by Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Bin Saquer Al-Nahyan also ended in failure late last year.
Furthermore, Derby also learned in the past week that the EFL have won their appeal against the club regarding their breach of the league’s Financial Fair Play rules, meaning that the Championship side now face a range of sanctions, which could be slap on the wrist, a fine, a transfer embargo or a points deduction – the latter of which appears most likely according to the recent report by The Sun.
Further still, the former Rams defender Richard Keogh also won a compensation claim against the club regarding his unfair dismissal, meaning that Morris will have to pay the 34-year-old a sum of £2.3m, something that only adds to Derby’s financial woes.
As such, this latest news concerning the EFL pushing for the harshest possible penalty to be imposed on the club for their breach of FFP is likely to leave both the Rams and their fans fuming, as, at present, there seems to be no end of the bad news hitting Pride Park, with the club’s future appearing more and more uncertain with each passing day.