The Championship side have been hit with a fresh embargo and that has led to veteran centre-half Jagielka departing the club, as they continue to search for a new buyer
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- 13:32, 14 Jan 2022
- Updated14:49, 14 Jan 2022
Derby County's troubles have deepened after being placed under another transfer embargo.
The beleaguered Championship club have been through the mill already this season, with administration, points deductions and botched takeovers all affecting them off-the-field.
Now, Sky Sports News has reported that a new embargo has been handed down to the Rams after failing to convince the English Football League (EFL) that they had a business plan in place for the remainder of the season.
Derby's administrators had been requested by the EFL to provide proof of funds that the club can complete the season without a takeover.
Without proof of funds Derby are not allowed to extend contracts or sign players.
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Wayne Rooney's side have suffered yet another blow
That has now led to veteran defender Phil Jagielka being on the verge of an exit.
Jagielka appears to have played his final game for the Rams with his short-term contract set to be cancelled.
The former England man, who has played 21 times for struggling Derby this season, is now set to join another club.
Earlier this week striker Sam Baldock also departed the club. Like Jagielka, he too had signed a short-term deal.
The departures are said to have left manager Wayne Rooney 'fuming' as he continues to work under hugely difficult conditions in his first managerial job – of which the first anniversary coincides with Saturday's game at home to Sheffield United.
Experienced defender Phil Jagielka has been a regular in the heart of Derby's defence but has now been forced to depart
Speaking on Thursday about 39-year-old Jagielka's situation, Rooney said: "With Jags, everything is agreed in terms of the numbers and again we are waiting on the EFL.
"I am sure by tomorrow [Friday] I'll know exactly what I can and can't do."
Sky Sports added that there were 'heated exchanges' at Derby's training ground on Friday morning, as the news regarding the fresh embargo was relayed to Rooney and his squad.
Administrators Quantama, who have been in situ at Pride Park since September, had hoped to name their preferred bidder by now but an announcement has still yet to be made.
Former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has been heavily linked with a takeover of Derby
Former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has been linked with a £50million takeover of the East Midlands club.
Speaking about the situation on Thursday, Rooney, rather optimistically, said: "I think we all should know by tomorrow.
"I am saying that with some confidence. This is where we are at. I know there has been meetings and the EFL are making decisions today, hopefully positive ones, and my understanding is that at some point tonight or tomorrow we should know who the preferred bidder is.
"My main concern, my job, is obviously to manage the group of players. My job is not to manage what is happening off the pitch, it is to manage the group of players which I feel we are doing well with that."
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