Wayne Rooney has sensationally told reporters that he first found out about Derby County’s administration through Sky Sports.
The midlands club had it confirmed that they will be handed a 12-point penalty by the EFL after announcing they had given the notice to appoint administrators.
Derby – who are already under a transfer embargo owing to them breaking the Football League’s financial rules in a separate matter – will drop to the bottom of the Championship once the penalty takes effect.
And news of the administration reached Rams manager Rooney and his players through Sky Sports.
"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,” Rooney said via the same outlet.
"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."
A reporter then asked: “How were you told”, to which Rooney replied: "I seen [sic] it on Sky."
"So I spoke to the players this morning; we have to be professional, we know we're going to be in a difficult position and there will be a points deduction coming our way.
"But we're professionals, we know we have to do our job. Derby is a massive football club,” Rooney continued.
“I have to get the players playing and make it look attractive to any potential investors."
"What I can promise the fans is that group of fans in the dressing room are an honest group of players, humble and honest, and they will do everything for this football club.
"I will demand that. It still doesn't change anything for the way I work or my standards. And I'm expecting that from the players today."
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In a statement, Derby said: “Last week, it became clear that the process which has been underway to identify a purchaser for the club likely would not be productive over the near term, despite negotiations with credible parties.
“Because the Covid-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on the revenues and profits of all of its businesses, the club has been unable to service its day-to-day financial obligations. The directors had no choice but to make the tough decision to take this action and protect the club.”
Derby are sat 16th in the Championship table at the time of writing, having drawn four and lost two of their opening eight league games.
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