Derby players to be asked if they can have pay DELAYED amid club’s financial crisis

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Players in the WAYNE ROONEY’S Derby will be asked to accept a pay date to help the beleaguered club.

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The Rams dropped from 12th of the championship with minus two points on Wednesday – a docked 12 points to enter administration.

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Rams insiders revealed that money in the bank is short after the reign of owner Mel Morris and it will be a major effort to cover payroll for the next few months.

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Derby appoints Quantuma as administrator to run the club as they try to find a buyer.

There will be a request for the squad to allow Ram to hold back a part of his salary – about a third – instead of paying him in full at the end of the month.

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It would be a blow to new faces in Rooney’s group, who signed on for the maximum £4,500-a-week salary the club were allowed to pay under EFL restrictions.

In the first major cut measure at Pride Park, some will see their wages temporarily reduced to around £3,000 a week.

Players may have no choice but to accept this postponed plan, while Derby hopes the EFL will also give it the green light instead of adding a three-point penalty for late payments.

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Overall payroll savings would be around £400,000 per month.

This money will be returned once a new buyer arrives for the club.

Defender Curtis Davis, 36, believes players are lucky to have boss Rooney in this crisis.

He added: “He is a born winner. Obviously it would be easy for him to walk away.

Wayne didn’t need it in the summer when he couldn’t sign the players he wanted – but he’s willing to stand by us.

Curtis Davis

“But he’s in meetings and he’s telling us, ‘I’ll stand before you, I’ll support you in every way I can. I’ll take the lead on any criticism, any question, whatever needs to be done. I will be with you in the trenches’.

“The biggest compliment you can give to Wayne is that he doesn’t need it.

“He didn’t need it in the summer when he couldn’t sign the players he wanted – but he’s willing to stand by us. That shows how successful he wants to be in management.”


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