‘I HATE what Mel has done to this club’: Derby fans livid at owner Morris after club enters administration and are docked 12 points – with any new buyer needing £50m just to pay off club’s debt

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  • Derby County entered administration on Wednesday and 12 points docked
  • Owner Mel Morris has tried so far in vain to find a new buyer for the club.
  • Rams fans express their anger at Morris’ handling of affairs online
  • Any buyer in Derby County should spend £50m to pay off debt, report suggests

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Derby fans have reacted with anger and heartbreak after their club formally entered administration on Wednesday.

The Rams, managed by former England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, have been given an automatic 12-point deduction under EFL rules, sending them to the bottom of the championship table.

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He also faces the threat of deducting extra points in the form of penalties from the EFL related to irregularities in the club’s accounts, with owner Mel Morris bearing the brunt of criticism from supporters on social media.

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Derby fans have reacted with anger and heartbreak after their club’s administration entered

Wayne Rooney's side has been automatically hit by the EFL with a 12-point deduction

Wayne Rooney’s side has been automatically hit by the EFL with a 12-point deduction

One fan said, ‘I hate what Mel did to this club. That we trusted him blindly. That their decisions have led us here. In the quagmire of existence. unbound.’

Another added: ‘I don’t know how Mel Morris can put the whole lot on covid. They have spent (sic) over the years. I know Covid hasn’t helped football in general but still.

Yet many fans spoke of their emotional state upon seeing their beloved club enter administration, with one describing it as ‘one of the lowest points a fan can feel when supporting the club’.

He continues: ‘None of this talk is about losing **** to your local rival or whatever. There is nothing like it in comparison. Really wonder if we will have a club to support in a year.’

One fan expected a buyer – who would reportedly need £50m to pay off the club’s debt – could be found: ‘For a team very close to my heart. I refuse to believe that there is no one to buy the club and actually invest in the club. Hope to find a good buyer soon.

In the midst of the club's deepening crisis, owner Mel Morris has tried to find a new buyer for the club.

In the midst of the club’s deepening crisis, owner Mel Morris has tried to find a new buyer for the club.

Yet many Rams fans expressed their anger and disgust at the Derby owner in the current plight

Yet many Rams fans expressed their anger and disgust at the Derby owner in the current plight

Another pointed to the punishment, comparing it to the failure of the Premier League top six and the European Super League in April: ‘Meanwhile the Big 6 and the proposed Super League idea gets away with fines. go figure. ‘double standards’

A club statement said Andrew Hosking, Carl Jackson and Andrew Andronico of business advisory firm Quantuma will serve as joint administrators.

Ram announced late on Friday that he had taken a “difficult decision” to file notices for the appointment of administrators amid growing financial problems.

In a statement last week, the Rams blamed the latest setback on the consequences of the pandemic and the ongoing EFL investigation into their accounts, which halted an acquisition in January 2020.

The Derby's automatic 12-point deduction under EFL rules put them at the bottom of the table at -2.  placed on

The Derby’s automatic 12-point deduction under EFL rules put them at the bottom of the table at -2. placed on

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