Derby County could face another point deduction if a new twist emerges

Fighting for their lives in the Championship amid plenty of off-field turmoil, the ailing Rams have already picked up two separate handicaps this season, totaling 21 points

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Derby County have already been hit by two big point deductions – and a third could be on the way next season.

The Rams were docked 12 points after entering administration last September. Then, in November, another nine-point handicap was handed after they admitted the infraction the EFLs Profitability and sustainability determine the sale of Pride Park.

Now a new report claims another point deduction could be in the offing next season. Derby, currently bottom of the table and eight points adrift of safety, have long been looking for new owners. Quantuma administrators have set a deadline today (Friday) for the submission of takeover bids with three parties said to be competing for the purchase the East Midlands outfit.

But, The Telegraph claims that none of the offers would comply with certain provisions of EFL’s insolvency policy. This could well trigger further punishment in the form of a point deduction. This is likely to be passed on next season, giving the Rams another hurdle to overcome in what is likely their first season in the Third Division since 1986.

The report claims that if the takeover fails to meet a key EFL requirement of paying unsecured creditors at 25p a pound, the deduction could be as high as 15 points in the next term. Quantuma has regularly stated that they are confident of finding a buyer and avoiding the prospect of liquidation.

Earlier this month they released a statement saying: “The joint administrators are in active dialogue with potential buyers of the club and are working with their advisers to resolve a number of matters related to their offers.

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“Due to the complex mechanics of the bids received, we have to work through each of these matters individually to ensure the bids meet our terms of purchase.” While we understand the frustration of the fans, who are understandably concerned that the club’s future is settled , we remain confident that we will be able to nominate a preferred bidder shortly.”

former newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is said to still be interested in buying Derby following his sale of the Magpies last October. On the pitch, Derby’s quest for miraculous survival has suffered a setback in recent weeks. They’ve won just one of their last seven league games and that’s left them with a big mountain to climb.

They host Preston North End on April 2 after the international break and know they are running out of time to maintain their Second Division status. Rooney suffered another blow this week when talented winger Festy Ebosele signed a preliminary deal with Italian club Udinese. The 19-year-old was a regular at Derby but will join Serie A in the summer. Derby are likely to have a squad after the end of the season, with a number of deals on the verge of expiring.

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