Frank Lampard defends Derby owner Mel Morris as club enters administration

Frank Lampard has come out and defended Derby County owner Mel Morris after the club entered administration on Wednesday afternoon.

The Rams confirmed that they had called in administrators after suffering £20 million in losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wayne Rooney's side have been automatically docked 12 points as a result which has seen them drop to the foot of the Championship table on minus two points.

The club are still under review from the EFL and Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson is continuing his legal case against the club for financial breaches under the profit and sustainability rules.

It is expected that Derby will face an additional nine-point deduction when these allegations reach a conclusion.

Having seen the club enter administration, owner Mel Morris has been called unscrupulous by many Derby fans, but that opinion is not shared by ex-Rams boss Frank Lampard who has leapt to defend his former chairman.

"I don't know the current circumstances but Mel Morris cares deeply about the club," said the former Derby boss speaking to Coral.

"He has invested a fortune into it and I can only speak so highly of him and how he treated me. People will have different stories about Mel but he was amazing for me during my time there.

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"He was brilliant on the human side of things. He looked after me, the people who worked there and all the players.

"I really hope that they find the right solutions because I had a great time there."

Now under the stewardship of Wayne Rooney, the Rams narrowly avoided the drop to League One last season, surviving on the final day in what was labelled a relegation play-off against Sheffield Wednesday.

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A 3-3 draw was enough to keep the Rams afloat in the Championship for another season due to Rotherham conceding a late goal to Cardiff which saw the Millers join the Owls in the third tier.

Even after the season was concluded there was an investigation into financial irregularities in their accounts with an interchangeable fixture list with Wycombe Wanderers published should Derby be deducted points for the 20/21 season.

Instead, the club were fined £100,000 but now face the threat of a 21-point deduction for the current campaign.

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