Derby boss Wayne Rooney has revealed he found out the club were about to enter administration while watching the news on TV.
The 35-year-old is in his first managerial position at Pride Park and has also confirmed that he has yet to speak with President Mel Morris.
It was announced Friday evening that the Rams had made the “difficult decision” to file a director appointment notice without identifying new owners and the continued impact of Covid-19 on revenue streams blamed for the situation of “no choice”.
âI saw him on Sky,â Rooney told Sky Sports ahead of Saturday’s home game against Stoke in the Sky Bet Championship.
âI spoke to (CFO) Stephen Pearce afterwards, but at first I saw him on TV. I spoke to Stephen, I did not speak to Mel. I’m sure he has other things on his mind.
A 12-point penalty will soon arrive at Derby and put them at the bottom of the table, despite being already under a transfer embargo with the potential for additional points to be deducted for breaking EFL financial rules.
Former Manchester United and England striker Rooney has insisted his players will try not to let uncertainty over the club’s future affect their preparation for Stoke’s visit.
He added: “You could see this morning that it was a bit flat because I wasn’t getting all the information, the players had no information and they saw it on Sky as well.
âI spoke to the players and we have to be professional. We know that we are in a difficult position and that there will be a point deduction ahead, but we have to do our job.
“Derby is a huge club and I have to get the players to play and make it attractive for potential investors to come to the football club.”
Rooney’s side escaped relegation from the league on the final day of last season after a 3-3 draw at Pride Park against Sheffield on Wednesday.
The club then avoided a point deduction, which would have fired them, when the EFL decided not to appeal a decision to impose a fine only on the club for failing to follow financial rules.
âAll we can do is play with a lot of pride. My job is to restore dignity to the football club, âRooney insisted.
âI know the disappointment of the fans, it’s exactly the same for me. But what I can promise the fans is that the group of players are honest, humble and that they will give their all for this club. I will demand that.
âIt doesn’t change the way I work. I demand high standards and I expect them today.