Derby’s MPs call for meeting with EFL chiefs and club administrators amid fears club could fold

Derby’s MPs have urged EFL bosses and the club’s administrators to attend a meeting on Friday to safeguard the future of the crisis-torn Rams.

The two parties held discussions on Tuesday, with Derby supporters becoming increasingly anxious about the club’s ability to complete the season after entering administration four months ago.

Three groups, including one led by former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, have expressed firm interest in the club, though one of those is thought to be wavering amid the current impasse. 


Derby fans becoming increasingly anxious about the club’s ability to complete the season 


Derby have debts of about £60million while compensation claims submitted by Middlesbrough and Wycombe have yet to be resolved.

Sportsmail understands the club has funds to make it through February as administrators Quantuma work towards naming a preferred bidder. The EFL is keen for this to take place before moving into more detailed discussions.

Now local MPs, after their meeting with the EFL was postponed earlier this week, have attempted to summon Quantuma and the governing body to the negotiating table once more.

Wayne Rooney’s Derby are still expected to face Birmingham City on Sunday

‘I am worried at the continued silence from EFL and DCFC administrators, at this crucial moment,’ said Pauline Latham, Conservative MP for Mid Derbyshire.

‘As such, Derby’s MPs and local representatives have called a meeting for Friday and invited both parties.’

Until a buyer is found, Derby face the threat of liquidation although unless the current situation deteriorates dramatically, it is unlikely Sunday’s match against Birmingham will be the last in their 138-year history.

Supporters will march through the town prior the fixture, while there remains uncertainty over the future of captain Tom Lawrence, a target for Bournemouth. Manager Wayne Rooney wants to keep the forward but the club’s financial situation means they may be unable to do so beyond Monday’s transfer deadline.

Three parties, including Mike Ashley, remain in the hunt to buy Derby amid their financial woes