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
- Derby County entered administration on Wednesday, with debts of £50million
- Staff at the club are concerned they will not be paid after speaking to Mel Morris
- The owner failed to convince officials about their salaries amid financial crisis
Derby County staff are increasingly worried about not being paid this month after owner Mel Morris failed to provide the guarantees they were looking for.
The Rams officially entered administration on Wednesday, triggering a 12-point deduction that leaves them bottom of the Championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sheffield United.
Morris addressed all staff in person at Pride Park on Monday and at their Moor Farm training ground on Tuesday. Manager Wayne Rooney and the players attended the second meeting.
Derby County staff fear they will not be paid this month after the club entered administration
Owner Mel Morris has failed to make guarantees to the staff over their salaries at a meeting
Sportsmail understands Morris was asked specifically about salaries and was unable to reassure staff they would be paid on time. They were told, however, that it would be top priority for the administrators.
As administrators Quantuma were appointed on Wednesday, there was widespread scepticism within English football circles about their ability to find a buyer.
Any new owner would be confronted with debts of around £50million, including a tax bill of about £30m. If no new investor comes forward, it would leave Derby facing liquidation.
Derby could be hit with a 24-point deduction which would surely consign them to League One
‘Our immediate objectives are to ensure the club completes its fixtures this season and finding interested parties to safeguard the club and its employees,’ said Quantuma managing director Andrew Hosking.
‘We are in the early stages of assessing the options available 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 to secure a long-term future for Derby County.’