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“The Circus Continues” – The Athletic


To their absolute credit, Derby County supporters waited until the final whistle was sounded before it came out of their chests.

They only sang it once, but the message couldn’t have been clearer: “Mel Morris, get out of our club!

Home fans had just watched their side – against all odds – take their first home league win since April, beating Stoke City 2-1.

Under normal circumstances, this would have been an afternoon to savor.

Yet the previous 24 hours – even by Derby standards – had been anything but ordinary. Confirmation that the club was to enter administration came on Friday evening. Remarkably, first manager Wayne Rooney and his players heard about it via Sky Sports News.

“The circus continues,” was the reaction of a source at the club when contacted by The Athletic that evening.

This, however, is no laughing matter.

A statement from the board of directors claimed they had “no choice but to file a notice of intention to appoint directors, which comes with an automatic 12 point deduction, after quitting. ‘It became clear that their sales attempts weren’t any closer to a successful conclusion.

He highlighted the ‘serious impact’ of COVID-19 on revenue, saying the pandemic was responsible for ‘a blow of around £ 20million’.

Already in a long-standing battle with the EFL over financial violations that could well result in an additional nine-point penalty, plus three more suspended, another beard was pointed in their direction over their decision to “prevent the club from pulling out around £ 8.


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