EXCLUSIVE: Derby set to be given a NINE-point deduction this season after a breakthrough in talks with the EFL – with another three suspended until next year – to plunge them into Championship relegation zone
- The nine-point deduction this campaign would send them bottom of the league
- Derby County and the EFL have been embroiled in an often-bitter 18-month row
- Sportsmail understands an ‘agreement in principle’ was reached between them
- The Championship side breached financial regulations and was fined £100,000
- Owner Mel Morris is keen to find a buyer and hopes a settlement will aid a sale
Derby County are set to be handed a 12-point penalty after a breakthrough in talks with the EFL.
Wayne Rooney’s Rams are facing a nine-point deduction this season – which would plunge them to the bottom of the Championship – with three suspended until next season.
Sportsmail understands that an ‘agreement in principle’ has been reached between Derby officials and the EFL over the tally to be taken away after an often-bitter 18-month row following the club’s breaching of financial regulations.
Derby County, managed by Wayne Rooney (pictured), are set to be handed a 12-point penalty
Nine of the points would be deducted this season, sending them bottom, with three next year
However, discussions over an agreed business plan remained ongoing on Wednesday night and agreement remained elusive.
Sources disclosed there is a widespread belief the end is now in sight, with both club and league expecting to make an announcement later this week.
Initial agreement of the points tally is a considerable step towards a conclusion, but agreement for the club’s accounting is needed.
Rooney’s side secured a solid 0-0 draw against Championship leaders West Brom on Tuesday
Derby, who are up for sale, were initially charged in January 2020 and cleared. But an appeal from the EFL resulted in a £100,000 fine in June this year.
The East Midlands outfit were then told to ‘submit revised and restated accounts’ for the years ending 30 June 2016, 2017 and 2018 by August 18.
Derby, who avoided relegation on the final day of last season, are under a transfer embargo, which restricts them to free transfers and loans.
Rams owner Mel Morris is keen to find a buyer and hopes a settlement will help aid with a sale
Owner Mel Morris is keen to find a buyer and there are hopes that a settlement will open the door for interested parties.
Given the backdrop, the club have started the season better than many had feared. Following Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw at leaders West Bromwich Albion they sat in mid-table with seven points.
Should it be applied before their next match, with Stoke City on Saturday, a nine-point penalty would put them bottom of the table on minus two points, six points away from safety.