Derby County administrators provide update on Wycombe and Middlesbrough compensation claimsBoth Middlesbrough and Wycombe have lodged significant compensation claims against the Rams
Derby County’s administrators have given an update on two potentially crippling compensations claims against the club from Championship rivals Middlesbrough and relegated Wycombe Wanderers.
Boro and Wanderers have lodged claims and the Rams administrators have sought advice from the EFL ahead of planned talks with the clubs.
Steve Gibson, owner and chairman of Middlesbrough, is making a claim for around £45m, which is yet to be addressed.
He feels Derby’s financial irregularities helped deny Boro a play-off place in the 20018/19 season after the Rams pipped them to the top six by just one point.
Wycombe, meanwhile, say they were relegated from the Championship last season because a previous points penalty was not imposed on the Rams, and want around £6m.
Carl Jackson, one of the Rams' joint administrators, gave the following update to RamsTV.
“We still have some claims from two football clubs, which have been well documented, and which we’re still dealing with,” he said.
“We still have to deal with a significant liability to HMRC but again, early discussions with them are positive, albeit at this point in time we have not got them to agree to our proposals, but they have not rejected our proposals. We have an on-going dialogue with them.
“So look, the EFL position was a big issue for us and we have now dealt with that, albeit disappointing to have another points deduction but we can move on and move forward.”
Asked about the outstanding claims by the two clubs and whether the EFL has entered those negotiations, given the fact it involves various members of the league, Mr Jackson added: “The claims are against Derby County Football Club and therefore, principally, those are issues that we have to deal with.
“It’s fair to say that there have been discussions with the EFL about those particular claims, and what I can say is the EFL will do what they can, working with us, to actually ensure those claims are dealt with properly and are not an impediment to our plans to restructure the club and find a new owner.”
Latest on Derby County's talks with HMRC and the future of Pride Park StadiumJoint administrator Carl Jackson has given an update on the Rams situation
Derby County administrators have issued the latest on discussions with HMRC and on the future of Pride Park Stadium.
The Rams have been in administration since September and the search continues for a new owner.
Wayne Rooney's team has been hit by a 21-point deduction this season that has left them bottom of the Championship on minus three points and facing the prospect of relegation to League One.
Carl Jackson, one of the joint administrators from Quantuma, has said the parties interested in purchasing the club remain at the table despite the points deduction.
He also revealed that the timeframe for a takeover is likely to drift into January.
It has been reported that the club owes HMRC around £26m and discussions are ongoing.
"We still have to deal with a significant liability to HMRC, but again early discussions with them are positive albeit at this point in time we have not got them to agree to our proposals, but they have not rejected our proposals. We have an ongoing dialogue with them," Jackson told RamsTV.
On the situation with Pride Park Stadium, which is owned by former owner Mel Morris, Jackson was asked if the stadium would be included in the sale of the club.
"Yes. Our position has not changed there at all," Jackson said.
"We would expect that once we have effectively landed on a preferred purchaser for the club, that preferred purchaser will also acquire the stadium. So the two are joined again. That has not changed, and we don't expect it to change."