Derby 'fail to pay players' wages' due to a delay in the £60m takeover
Derby County ‘fail to pay players their December wages’ due to a delay in the £60m sale of the club to Abu Dhabi royal Sheikh Khaled – cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour – but the takeover will be completed ‘imminently’
- Derby have failed to pay Wayne Rooney and his players on time for December
- The club are on the verge of a £60m takeover by Abu Dhabi royal Sheikh Khaled
- A delay in the completion of the takeover means wages will not be paid on time
Derby County have been unable to pay their players on time for December but Abu Dhabi royal Sheikh Khaled is set to complete his takeover of the club imminently, according to reports.
According to The Telegraph, interim boss Wayne Rooney, his players and senior members of staff have been told they might not receive their full wages until next week.
Sportsmail revealed in November that Khaled, the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, had gained approval from the EFL to take control of the club from current owner Mel Morris.
Derby County have reportedly been unable to pay their players or interim boss Wayne Rooney on time for December
The Telegraph report that chief executive Stephen Pearce wrote to the players to apologise for the delay in wages, which he said was due to an unexpected delay with the takeover.
‘On behalf of Derby County Football Club, Mel Morris, and prospective new owners Derventio Holdings, we collectively apologise, that due to an unexpected and last minute delay in the closing of the sale transaction, that your December pay will most likely be delayed until next week.
‘We have been assured by Derventio that the closing funds have been remitted, but as at this morning they had not arrived in their lawyer’s client account.
Abu Dhabi royal Sheikh Khaled (left), the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, is still set to complete his £60m takeover of the Championship club
‘As soon as they arrive, the transaction will close and we will process any outstanding payroll amounts immediately.’
The £60million takeover will end Morris’ five-year reign at the Rams, though he is expected to stay on as a consultant.
Morris has been looking for outside investment for much of his reign as the club failed to win promotion to the Premier League, which would have brought greater riches.
Rooney has been in-charge since Phillip Cocu was sacked in November with the club bottom of the Championship table.
The former England international has guided them out of the relegation zone with three wins, four draws and five defeats in 12 games.
The Rams take on struggling Sheffield Wednesday on New Year’s Day.
Rooney has steered the Rams out of the relegation zone since taking over from Phillip Cocu
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