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Derby County “cannot be allowed to disappear” as administration drags on

Derby County’s administrators have been given an extra month to provide proof of how the Championship club will be funded for the rest of the season.

The EFL had previously requested evidence by Tuesday 1st February 2022, asking how Derby County would be financed during administration. A financial plan was also required to show how the club would fulfil its fixture commitments until the end of the current season.

Yesterday’s development will allow the club to meet its ongoing obligations, the EFL said, whilst giving a further four weeks to continue discussions with interested bidders and relevant stakeholders in respect of a sale.

The EFL said: “Our commitment as ever remains addressing the many challenges at hand and we will look to provide updates as soon as we are able to.”

Despite the one month reprieve, grave concerns about Derby County’s future remain.

Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood wrote to Government minister Nadine Dorries today asking for their support in securing the club’s future.

“Many of my constituents now fear for the very existence of the club itself,” Greenwood said.

“Some of my constituents’ families have supported Derby County for over 70 years and this founder member of the Football League simply cannot be allowed to disappear.”

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Leagues can’t be relied upon to self-regulate, the Government must include the Fan-Led Review recommendations in its legislative agenda for 2022. Derby County supporters deserve better and legislation is needed to make sure no fans go through what they are suffering. Contact your MP and encourage them to back all of the Fan-Led Review’s recommendations as it passes though Parliament.

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