Burton Mail

Supporters’ group looks for answers from board

- By STEVE NICHOLSON stephen.nicholson@reachplc.com

A DERBY County supporters’ group has written to the Rams voicing its concern over uncertaint­y on and off the pitch.

In the letter, Rams Trust asks questions about the financial situation, the transfer embargo and signing players ahead of the new Championsh­ip campaign which is less than three weeks away.

This comes after an open letter from a number of supporters groups, including Ramstrust, was sent to the club in May.

Derby responded to that open letter with a statement on their website addressing a number of issues including the financial position, season tickets, the ownership and squad improvemen­ts.

Now Rams Trust have sent a follow up letter and chairman Jim Wheeler has said why.

“It is now two months since they (the club) said they were going to call a meeting of all supporters’ groups and keep supporters informed,” he told Radio Derby.

“We wrote privately to them after that previous response to enable them to be a bit more open and be able to have discussion­s with us because there were some things they indicated, for example a willingnes­s to talk about a supporters’ director.

“I had an acknowledg­ement that said ‘we would get back to you in two weeks,’ that was eight weeks ago.”

In the latest letter to the directors, Rams Trust ask: “Are the directors able to confirm that there is funding in place to ensure the club can complete the forthcomin­g season?

“Can you confirm that all outstandin­g debts to HMRC can be covered, so there is no danger of administra­tion before the end of the forthcomin­g season?

“We realise that we are under a transfer embargo until these debts are met. In Sunday’s pre-season friendly, we were forced to play at least five players not contracted to the club.

“Can you confirm whether you expect to be able to sign any of these, or other players, in time for the start of the season?

“Now that the Football League will not be appealing against the sanction decision, can the club confirm when they will submit revised accounts to get the transfer embargo lifted?

“We understand negotiatio­ns are in progress for a potential takeover, but as yet there has been no applicatio­n for transfer of either (stadium) Pride Park or (training ground) Moor Farm, so this cannot be completed before the season begins.

“We understand that further informatio­n on the takeover can’t be given until a deal is agreed with credible investors, but we would urge the club to keep supporters informed as much as possible.”

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