Derby County are set to receive a further EFL imposed nine-point deduction.
That’s according to a recent report by John Percy for The Telegraph, with the journalist revealing that, after the Rams were hit with a 12 point deduction for entering administration, Wayne Rooney’s side will shortly be handed a further nine-point penalty for the club’s breaching of EFL financial rules.
It is also reported that the league’s governing body are set to impose a business plan on the Championship side, which the club’s administrators will have to follow resolutely in their operations going forwards, or else face being hit with further sanctions by the league.
Considering the fact that Derby’s recent 12-point deduction saw them plummet to the bottom of the Championship table, the additional nine-point penalty could all but confirm the club’s relegation to the third tier of English football come the end of the current campaign – something which will have left their fans feeling livid.
Indeed, with the latest deduction seeing the club fall to -11 points, 15 behind Nottingham Forest in 23rd and 18 behind Peterborough United in 21st, Derby’s fate would very much appear to be sealed unless Wayne Rooney masterminds what would undoubtedly be the greatest escape of all time.
However, perhaps more concerning for those involved with the Rams are the various predictions surrounding their current financial state, with one source stating to The Athletic that the club’s chances of surviving liquidation are 50/50, while another claimed that they could not see a way out for Derby.
As such, perhaps a scenario in which the Rams find themselves playing their football in League One next season is actually quite a desirable outcome, as the other possibility is simply unthinkable for Derby fans.