Wayne Rooney's heartbreaking message as Derby announce administration plans
Derby County boss Wayne Rooney spoke after the club announced plans to go into administration on Friday evening
They may well be a club in crisis, but manager Wayne Rooney refuses to be beaten in Derby's latest set-back. The Rams had made a reasonable start to the Championship season, beginning the weekend in 16th place despite losing a lot of senior players over the summer.
But after releasing a statement confirming their administration woes on Friday evening following the severe impact of COVID-19 on their revenue streams, the campaign has come crashing down for Rooney.
The club will be subject to a potential 21-point deduction as a result, leaving them bound for League One.
It will be a tough task for Rooney to oversee, but he is more concerned about the welfare of staff throughout the club who are likely to lose their jobs as a result.
"Staff will lose their jobs which is heartbreaking," Rooney said.
"They've got mortgages, bills to pay, it's horrendous and I will do everything I can to help the staff.
"Sometimes they get forgotten about. There are a lot of good people who work at the club who have been here for a long time so we all need to stick together."
Derby sit in twelfth now after beating Stoke on Saturday, but the points deduction is likely to leave them with no chance of survival.
Nevertheless, Rooney refused to be beaten by the powers that be.
"It was emotional if I'm being honest," he continued.
"We're obviously in a very difficult position and all the fans want to see is the players working, putting the effort in and I'll keep doing my job to make sure that they're doing that.
"I know next week is going to be a very difficult week.
"I'm committed to this football club. I care about the players and the staff and I'll do everything I can in my power to try and help us get through this.
"We will get through it, we'll have tough moments but it's my job to make sure we do that as best as we can."