Derby County manager Wayne Rooney says owner Mel Morris has not been in touch with him for over a month despite the Rams’ perilous situation leading to administration last week
Derby County manager Wayne Rooney says the way owner Mel Morris has dealt with the club’s crisis has been “disrespectful”.
Derby have been deducted 12 points after entering administration on Friday, leaving them bottom of the Championship on -2 points.
The Rams said in a statement last week that they “had no choice” but to appoint administrators after losing £20million in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Morris, who has been in charge of the club since 2015, says he has lost “in excess of £200m” because of the club, which has been actively trying to sell since 2019.
Former Manchester United striker Rooney has been in sole charge at Pride Park since January and avoided relegation by a point thanks to a draw on the final day of the Championship season in May.
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This season has been overshadowed by the club’s difficulties off the pitch and Rooney has now blasted Morris’ lack of communication over the extent of the issues.
“No phone call. No message,” he said in his press conference on Friday. “I just found it a little bit disrespectful, to be honest.”
While Rooney says he has not spoken personally with Morris since August 8, the Rams owner did address the team for 45 minutes following their 2-1 win over Stoke on Saturday.
“It wasn’t sincere,” Rooney added. “It wasn’t heartfelt enough.”
The 35-year-old, who is in his first managerial role, admitted he might not have taken the job earlier this year had he known the extent of the club’s perilous financial position, but he vowed to fight on.
“I have said how committed I am to this job and this club. Nothing changes,” Rooney said.
“I grew up on a council estate in Liverpool. I know how tough life can be. What kind of person would I be if I went and laid on a beach for a few weeks.”
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Andrew Hosking, Carl Jackson and Andrew Andronikou, managing directors at business advisory firm Quantuma, have been appointed as Derby’s joint administrators.
“The administrators have been in and we have had good positive conversations about how we move forward,” Rooney added.
While Derby are in a dire position currently, Hosking is confident they can find a viable third party to take over from Morris and drag the club out of the doldrums.
“A lot of it was expressed prior to administration,” he said on Friday.
“Now that the club is in administration, notwithstanding the points deduction and clearly the distress to the supporters, the staff and suppliers to the club, we do consider that the position to be able to make a successful conclusion to the story is now really very, very practical.
“We don’t consider the obstacles that we face at this stage insurmountable.”
However, Jackson sounded a more cautious note in the administrator’s press conference.
“We have a positive dialogue with the EFL,” he said. “They want to see Derby County survive. We will argue our position but there is a distinct possibility there will be further deductions.
“There are no guarantees but we are confident we will fulfil the fixture list [this season].
“There is a very real opportunity to save this football club and find a credible third party to take this club back to where it was before.”