Free Agents, Prospective Buyers, Extra Points Deduction – Your Key Derby County Questions Answers
There’s a lot going on on and off the pitch in County Derby.
The club is under administration and a 12 point deduction dropped the team to the bottom of the league with minus two points.
Here, DerbyshireLive football editor Steve Nicholson answers key fan questions about the Rams …
Adrian Roberts asks: Why is Marshall being overlooked? Do you think he’ll be in the squad on Wednesday?
NS: Wayne Rooney has previously said Ryan Allsop will start Wednesday’s game against Reading following Kelle Roos’ red card in the loss to Sheffield United. It would be a surprise if David Marshall is not on the bench. Why is Marshall overlooked? Here is what Rooney said about the situation: “I understand it’s a very frustrating time for him, I understand, but we have three very good goalkeepers at the club and obviously I have to make a decision on who to play and who to play. who is the second goalie. It is clear from the decision I made from the team selections, but Marshy is a very good goalie and someone I wouldn’t be afraid to put on or put on on the bench. ”
Lewis asks: do you expect us to get more points deducted?
NS: I’m doing it, Lewis, because of the ongoing dispute with the EFL. All speculation is on nine more points, but we’ll have to wait and see.
BK asks: When will we be able to recruit players. Free agents or ready? Do we have to get rid of ourselves before we can add to the team?
NS: The transfer embargo remains in place and of course the transfer window does not open until January. Derby would be able to sign free agents if the embargo is eased or lifted by then, but no player loan because that can’t happen outside of a window. Wayne Rooney has said he wants to add to his squad and not lose any players in January, if the club can get out of administration by then.
James Daykin asks: What will be your vision of the “Mel Morris” years in the end?
NS: A mixed bag, James, but that’s not unusual in football, which brings so many ups and downs, and different fortunes. Here is an article from a few days ago …
Nathan Pearson asks: With Roos now, will David Marshall be considered? If not, is it because more money is owed to the player or the club based on appearance?
NS: David Marshall was a free transfer from Wigan Athletic so I understand there are no down payments to be paid for appearances. This is the information I received.
Anthony Shaw asks: Do you know who some of the interested parties are?
NS: Administrators said last week that there was “considerable” interest in the club from potential buyers and other reports over the weekend suggested there were “seven or eight demonstrations of ‘credible interest’ in the club’s rescue. I know some people who might be involved with interested parties, but not all.
Steve Thomas asks: who owns the training ground, is it Mel or DCFC?
NS: Administrators asked this question last week. Here’s what they said …
“Well, let’s just cover, Pride Park, the stadium, doesn’t belong to the football club. So what the football club actually has a lease on, and we do indeed have a verbal agreement with the landlord that we can actually continue. to be there and organize football matches there. So we are convinced that it is good, but to be clear the football stadium is not an asset of the football club or an asset that is under our control , Okay ?
“As far as the training ground is concerned, there is indeed an emphyteutic lease that the company has and we plan to continue with that. So as regards the facilities, we are confident that we are using them and that ‘will not affect our ability to continue to negotiate and find a buyer.
Russell Mosley asks: Do you think we’ll appeal against the 12 points after the EFL says we can?
NS: I’d be surprised if Derby appealed against what’s an automatic penalty for entering administration, Russell.
Ben Lavender Asks: There is a ruling that any administration point deduction due to ‘force majeure’ or ‘COVID’ as Mel has so often said, could be appealed . Do you think he has legs?
NS: Thank you for your question, Ben, that would surprise me. There is no indication of a call at this time.
GC asks: Why is Andre Wisdom still training at the club and not looking to play football elsewhere? Do we pay it?
NS: I understand that he is not currently training with the team. It was while the transfer window was open in order to develop and maintain his physical form.
Steve King asks: What’s the situation with Darren Wassall?
NS: He is still at the club as Academy Director, as reported on the club’s website.
Paul Brookes asks: The directors said if we have new owners they could strengthen the team in January. Did you think the administration came with a 2-year transfer embargo?
NS: I’m not quite sure, Paul, but won’t that happen if new owners buy the club. I have to correct myself on this.