Wayne Rooney may be forced to WALK AWAY from Derby at the end of the season if the stricken club’s ownership situation is not resolved… with the Rams facing another potential points deduction to start next season
- Derby’s administrators Quantuma are still yet to decide on a preferred bidder
- Wayne Rooney says that there has to be an owner in place for him to do his job
- The former Derby player said that he would see the season out regardless
- Derby are eight points adrift of safety having been deducted 21 points in total
Wayne Rooney says he may be forced to walk away from Derby at the end of the season unless a new owner can guarantee a solid future for the troubled Championship club.
Barely a month before the end of the season, administrators Quantuma have still not secured a preferred bidder for Derby, who have been in administration since September.
The EFL have been given proof of funds only until the end of the season, meaning the 138-year-old club face liquidation if the situation does not change before then.
Wayne Rooney says an owner needed to be in place for him to stay at Derby beyond the season
Administrators Quantuma have still not secured a preferred bidder for Championship side
They have been deducted a total of 21 points this term and Rooney has done a remarkable job to have them still with an outside chance of survival – eight points adrift of safety with seven games left ahead of Saturday’s clash with Preston.
Rooney will not quit before the end of the campaign but could offer no assurances beyond that.
‘I will finish the season and then I have to consider how the club and I move forward.
‘The only way to do that is to get a new owner in place at the club. I love the club, the fans and the staff and I want it to continue, but there has to be something in place so I can do my job.
‘If I can’t do my job then I wouldn’t be doing myself or the fans justice. I don’t know where the club is going or if it will be here next season, so I don’t know what the future is for the club or me. I need assurances.
Derby have given themselves an unlikely chance of survival after some impressive results
‘I am committed but commitment has to work both ways. I know the administrators are trying their hardest but there comes a point where it (his job) is almost impossible. We need a preferred bidder. It has to happen now.’
Rooney revealed that he has only three players – Jason Knight, Max Bird and Krystian Bielik – under contract for next season as things stands.
The former Manchester United player has been left frustrated by delays in the process
Former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is one of the interested parties though nobody has yet submitted a bid considered acceptable by Quantuma.
Sportsmail reported this week that Derby face at least a 15-point penalty at the start of next season if a new owner did not meet certain financial conditions set out by the EFL.
Rooney added: ‘You can’t pluck things from thin air. We will need players, staff, training pitches, kit for next season. There are so many issues that should have been dealt with already.’