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Rooney is approaching a miracle with Derby – but could be thrown out of the league

Wayne Rooney has been exposed to football’s response to “Murphy’s Law” – but still has a realistic hope of saving Derby from relegation.

AGAINST MIRACLE: Wayne Rooney can work a miracle and save Championship place for Derby County.

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After Saturday’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United at home at Pride Park, Derby is second last with 14 points, eight behind Reading in 21st place (Derby has played one game more).

Derby got 21 minus points after being put under administration due to financial trouble – without these, Derby would have been up in 11th place in the Championship. The team actually has a positive goal difference (25-24), and only the two top teams Fulham and Bournemouth have conceded fewer backwards than Derby’s 24.

Wayne Rooney took over at the helm of Derby a year ago, on 15 January 2021, and the former Manchester United profile has impressed so much under tough working conditions that he is among those linked to the vacant managerial job at Everton.

But the problems in Derby are not over: According to Derby Telegraph the club must raise seven million pounds to be able to complete the season at all.

In addition to the points draw, the club has also been refused a transfer.

Derby Telegraph writes that the club has a deadline of February 1 to raise the money and show the English Football League (EFL) that they meet the financial requirements, otherwise the club will be thrown out of the league and the season’s matches and results will be deleted.


Last week, Rooney confirmed that the club has rejected bids for several of its players. There has been much speculation about whether more of them will be sold to save the economy.

The former top scorer is clear that they will not sell the players for cheap money in the season rush.

DONE IN THE CLUB: Phil Jagielka has finished in Derby County as the EFL did not let him sign a new contract.

The club have also tried to extend the contract of Phil Jagielka, who has been a key player in Derby’s defense, but EFL blocked the deal and the Briton is now at Stoke.

The Championship club is still under administration and is desperately looking for new owners.

A consortium led by former owner Andy Appleby, Sports Direct chief Mike Ashley and an unknown third party will, according to the Derby Telegraph, want to take control of the club.

On Sunday, Rafa Benitez was fired as manager of Everton, and Rooney is now one of the names connected to the leadership job in the childhood club.

Former Derby defender Stephen Warnock – who got a match with Rooney on the English national team – is among those who have commented on just that.

– Yes, I think Rooney will be mentioned. Now it’s up to Wayne how he feels if he was offered the job, and I think it would be difficult for him to say no, Warnock told BBC Radio, according to Derby Telegraph.

LINKED TO THE OLD CLUB: Wayne Rooney is mentioned as a possible Benitez replacement in Everton, for whom he last played in 2018.

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