A new blow has been issued to Derby County’s administrators while Wayne Rooney makes a revelation following his side’s last fixture.
The 23-year-old waved goodbye last week after sealing a move to MLS side Charlotte in a deal thought to be in the region of £2m, something will be a big boost to their finances with Derby still in the depths of administration.
An even though Mel Morris and Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson have settled on a deal to end Boro’s dispute with the Rams, there is still nothing on Wycombe and Derby’s compensation claims.
It’s not as serious as the one put to Derby by Boro, and as Gibson backs off, it paves the way for a preferred bidder to be named, however no interested party has been chosen and the uncertainty goes on following their entrance into administration in September. Fair to say fans are beyond losing patience.
Polish international Jozwiak joined the East Midlands side back in 2020, but Derby are yet to pay all of their instalments to the Polish side.
At the time the Rams went into administration, they had only paid around 25% of the £3.4m fee it took to get Jozwiak to Pride Park.
And despite a number attempts from the Polish side to hold talks with the English club on this matter, the only communication that has been had is when Derby wanted Poznan to defer the next payment that was due last month.
Journalists have now confirmed that Derby still owe them around £2.5m for his transfer, yet The Sun revealed that the financial burden of paying Poznan would be passed onto the next owners with the administrators desperately needing the fee they received for the 23-year-old to ensure the clubs can last the next few months.
Meanwhile, Derby’s survival bid hit a bump in the road when Blackburn won 3-1 on Tuesday night, Reading drew 1-1 away to Bournemouth and Barnsley beat Bristol City 2-0.
The Rams, who would be 16th in the Championship table if it hadn’t been for the 21-point deduction, are now six points from safety with 8 games remaining.
Derby had only won twice away from home in the Championship coming into this fixture, and were facing a Blackburn side with the third-best home form, picking up 37 points from 19 matches.
Rooney’s side had initially dominated the opening period and had chances to level after going one down, with Morrison prevented from several chances for a second through a combination defensive blocks and good goalkeeping.
Derby now face Coventry City in their next match on Saturday, while Rovers travel to Reading.
Asked if he had a points’ total in mind that might be enough for survival, Rooney said before the game against Blackburn: “It depends. We are in a mini league – ourselves, Peterborough, Barnsley and Reading. We need to finish top of that league. We are starting five points off it with nine games to try and turn that round. We will do everything we can to do that.
“You can say we need five or six wins out of the last nine games but that depends on what happens with other teams, so it is almost a shoot-out every week.
“By next week we could be two points off it or we could be eight points, then all of a sudden you need more wins or less wins. So it can all change.”
Then after the final whistle at Ewood Park, he said: “We are where we are.
“We will keep going, keep fighting, keep believing.
“Obviously tonight is a tough one for us, but we have got another tough game Saturday and the one thing I can tell you is them players will keep going, keep having a go.
“The odds have been against us all season, they still are. We have got eight games left and we will keep doing everything we can to try and stay in the division.”
Former Derby County midfielder Bradley Johnson admitted that it is “heartbreaking” to see the situation the Rams are in “as a fan” of the club.
“With the circumstances off the pitch at the club, (manager Wayne) Rooney’s got them galvanised, and they will fight until the end. Everyone who’s come to Ewood (Park) of late has made it difficult for us, but we know if we can match the work rate and intensity of Derby, then I’m sure we have a chance of getting the three points.
“I still live in the area, and I hear a lot about everything that’s going on at the club. It’s heartbreaking for football fans, speaking as a fan myself. The job that Rooney and his staff have done has been terrific. They’ve blocked everything out, and they’ve only been doing what they can do on the pitch.
Johnson continued: “They’ve been putting in performances for a long time now and have been doing well. They’re a young side, like us, and could easily have folded. They’ve picked up some good results, and they will fight until the end.
“They’re a good team. You can’t look at the table because they wouldn’t be where they are without that points deduction.”
Mowbray could not speak highly enough of Rooney’s efforts.
I think in adversity, Wayne has done exceptionally well. I think he’s got some good people around him in his staff but he’s headed it up more than well really,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“There is a lot of focus on him as such a world-class player but here he is cutting his teeth in management and doing a really sterling job in the situation.
“Derby are a big, big club. Without their troubles, you would expect them to be up near the top six I would suggest. Frank Lampard got them to a play-off final.
“It’s a huge burden and I think Wayne has carried that really well and his team are still playing good football and fighting for survival. I wish them well personally but after Tuesday night.”
Twitter users gave their thoughts as a new blow is issued to Derby administrators while Wayne Rooney makes a revelation…
@totaldcfc: Grim. As per. Yearning for the days of good news. Unfortunately, it’s going to carry on getting worse before it gets better.
@redfern_i_j: Imagine selling your car & not paying off the loan you took out to buy it; instead using the cash to pay bills you otherwise can’t afford. That’s what’s happening here & Quantuma are supposedly finance professionals. Sounds to me like they’re making #dcfc less saleable by the day
@CozticRed: You know it’s gonna be Lech Poznans fault now?
@bally1001: You can’t write it 🤣🤣🤣
@kazakhstanram: They should allow us to default on the “final” 75% due to the “trading act” being recognised in Poland. Basically, it didn’t do what it said on the tin!
@QuizFooty: What a club
@Kaseymosley15: Just ridiculous now, get this sorted administrators
@Iain2509: Sooner they get liquidated the better. Piss-taking for far too long.
@HedleyHarrison: Beyond parody!
@Hatwell88: Joke of a club 😂
@Reecedcfc: Embarrassing, no wonder we’re in this mess
You know what…
A 21 point deduction is not enough.
@Tom_Hancock_: Taking the piss, no two ways about it. But that’s ok because they’re a founder member of the EFL, right? Or because Wayne Rooney. Or something.
@_Bish___: so @quantuma1 essentially sold their car before paying off the finance and used the money from the car to pay a chunk off the mortgage? #dcfc #DCFC #dcfcfans
@jackfrancis94: The usual nothingness coming from the admins combined with likely relegation now + stuff like this…… It’s hard to envision how we have a club in six months