EFL appeals to administrators ‘go unanswered’ as they seek response in Derby

The English Football League has warned Derby’s future remains in jeopardy as administrators have left phone calls unanswered and failed to provide proof funding is in place for the remainder of the season.

Quantuma’s directors issued a brief statement on Wednesday morning saying they were “currently considering offers for the club” and hoped to name a preferred bidder “shortly”.

It came after the EFL asked for an ‘urgent’ update on Monday after a deadline to provide proof of funding passed last week without any further information.

But Quantuma’s statement on Wednesday did not address that issue and the EFL responded by saying it remained “deeply concerned at the lack of any form of substantial progress” at a club which has been in administration since September.

“Despite a request for an update nearly 48 hours ago, there has been no communication from the administrators with unanswered correspondence and calls from the EFL,” a league statement said.

“As a result, the EFL still has no further information on preferred bidder status or proof of funding until the end of the season and has advised the administrators that the lack of progress on these two issues criticism, among other things, threatens the very future of Derby County Football Club.

The League said it wrote to administrators again for immediate answers after a brief statement earlier Wednesday provided some.

That statement read: “The joint administrators of Derby County Football Club are currently considering offers for the club, following the deadline set for offers at the end of last week.

“We are aware that everyone linked to the club wants to see its future resolved as soon as possible. Our duty is to ensure that we achieve the best long-term results for Derby County and we are working hard to achieve that goal.

On January 27, the EFL and trustees agreed to a four-week extension to the deadline for providing proof of funding.

Fears that Football League founding member Derby could be sold off were dispelled when it was announced earlier this month that Middlesbrough had reached an agreement with former Rams owner Mel Morris over their legal action against the club.

Middlesbrough have reached an agreement with former Derby owner Mel Morris over their legal action against the club.

The US-based Binnie family made a formal bid for the club in January, while a consortium formed by General Sports Worldwide is also interested in buying the Rams.

Derby was placed in administration last September by Morris. The club had 21 points deducted for going into administration and for admitted breaches of the EFL’s financial regulations.

The side are fighting for survival under manager Wayne Rooney and are currently eight points from safety after going one game over 21st-placed Reading.

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