Derby staff fear they won’t be paid this month after entering administration with owner Mel Morris unable to reassure them about their salaries as club struggles with debt of £50m

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  • Derby County entered administration on Wednesday with £50m in debt
  • Club staff worried they won’t be paid after speaking to Mel Morris
  • Boss fails to convince officials about his salary amid financial crisis

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Derby County workers are concerned about non-payments this month as owner Mel Morris failed to provide the guarantees they were looking for.

The Rams officially entered administration on Wednesday, starting a 12-point cut that leaves them at the bottom of the championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sheffield United.

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Morris addressed all employees in person at Pride Park on Monday and at his Moore Farms training ground on Tuesday. The second meeting was attended by manager Wayne Rooney and the players.

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Derby County staff fear they will not be paid this month after the club enters administration

Owner Mel Morris has failed to guarantee employees their wages in a meeting

Owner Mel Morris has failed to guarantee employees their wages in a meeting

sportsmail understands that Morris was specifically asked about pay and was unable to do so sure Employees will be paid on time. However, he was told that this would be a top priority for the administrators.

As administrator Quantumma was appointed on Wednesday, there was widespread doubt in English football circles about his ability to find a buyer.

Any new owner would face debts of around £50million, including a tax bill of around £30m. If no new investors come forward, this would leave Derby facing liquidation.

Derby could be hit with a 24-point cut that would certainly send them into League One

Derby could be hit with a 24-point cut that would certainly send them into League One

“Our immediate objective is to ensure that the club completes its fixtures this season and to find interested parties to protect the club and its staff,” said Andrew Hosking, managing director of Quantumma.

‘We are in the early stages of assessing available options and would invite any interested parties to come forward.’

EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch said: ‘It is our intention to work with the administrators and all parties involved to secure a long-term future for Derby County.’

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