Wayne Rooney reveals he only found out about Derby County going into administration by watching TV, with manager and players discovering potential 21-POINT deduction on Sky Sports News
- Derby County have gone into administration, the second tier side announced
- The Rams are now heading for an automatic 12-point deduction as a result
- They could get further sanctions due to a separate dispute with the EFL
- Wayne Rooney had not been told by the club they were going into administration
- He revealed he and the players found out the news while watching Sky Sports
Wayne Rooney revealed he learned about Derby’s slide into administration while he was watching sports news channels on television.
The Rams are heading for an automatic 12-point deduction that will take them bottom of the Championship, with further penalties possible due to a separate dispute with the EFL regarding spending rules.
Rooney, the former England captain, has been in charge at Pride Park for a turbulent nine months and had no idea of the latest crisis point – and neither did the players.
Wayne Rooney has revealed he found out the club were going into administration on TV
Derby are heading for an automatic 12-point deduction which would put them bottom
‘I saw it on Sky,’ Rooney told Sky Sports News. ‘Obviously with the news breaking it was difficult for the players, the staff and for the fans. A very difficult position we find ourselves in.
‘My job is to get the players playing. All we can do is play with a lot of pride and my job is to bring some dignity back to the football club.
‘I’ve spoken to (chief executive) Stephen Pearce after it but initially had seen it on TV. I haven’t spoken with Mel. I’m sure he’s got other things on his mind.
‘The squad this morning was a bit flat because the players had no information, they’ve seen it on Sky as well.’
Derby faced Stoke seeking their first win of the campaign and with a huge penalty imminent, every point is more crucial than ever.
Derby could face further sanctions by the EFL over a dispute in regards to spending rules
Rooney has not yet spoken to Derby owner Mel Morris since the news broke on Friday