Mel Morris comment on Derby County administration emerges

by 24britishtvNov. 25, 2021, 8:40 p.m. 20
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Mel Morris believes Derby County would not be bottom of the Championship and in administration if plans suggested by a fan-led review into the governance of football were already in place.

Tracey Crouch, the MP for Chatham and Aylesford, released the findings of her review last night and they have proposed that an independent regulator oversees the funding clubs receive with EFL clubs set to see more Premier League cash.

It is too late for Derby, who are in administration after Morris took the decision two months ago in the hope it would speed up a takeover of the Pride Park club.

The Rams have one point from 19 matches and are 16 points from safety having been stung by two different points deductions this season.

Wayne Rooney's side had a dozen points taken off them for going into administration and nine for breaching financial fair play rules on Morris' watch.

Crouch revealed that she had spoken to Morris during her review.

Crouch, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live said: "I have long held the view that it is unfair when points are deducted from clubs because of the behaviour of their owners.

"Because actually it does impact on the fans unfairly.

"When you have a new regulator in place and you have got all the enforcements and sanctions that we have proposed within that regulator and when you have real time financial monitoring, good business plans and the ability to step in when concerns are being raised.

"You would hopefully not get to the position that Derby is currently in.

"We saw Morris as part of the review and I specifically asked him if all of this was in place now do you think you would be in the position you are in.

"He said 'no'."

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