The EFL says it disagrees with Derby’s belief that Middlesbrough and Wycombe’s legal claims should not be treated as football-related debt.
Both clubs are seeking compensation related to Derby’s breach of financial rules, but the Rams believe the governing body should not force them to defend the claims in order to maintain their EFL membership.
But the EFL has rejected that stance, insisting that Boro and the Chairboys are creditors and should be paid.
It said in a statement: “Derby County seeks to use insolvency legislation to avoid having to defend the claims of Middlesbrough FC (which initially started in January 2021) and Wycombe Wanderers.
“Derby County considers that such claims should not be treated as football-related debts and that it would be wrong for the EFL to require that the club have to continue to defend the claims as a condition of continued membership in circumstances that have been seen. committed in the form of a restructuring plan.
“The EFL does not agree with that analysis.
“At the request of the trustees, and in line with commitments made at last week’s meeting with local politicians, the EFL has provided a new clear statement to Quantuma of its position on the application of the Insolvency Policy, so that they can apply to the High Court or participate in arbitration to have that issue resolved.
“It is now up to the administrators to determine how they wish to move forward with this matter and we remain willing to expedite any process as necessary.
“The EFL has previously requested mediation between the two clubs and the administrators and today is inviting all relevant and associated parties involved to enter into formal partnership negotiations to actively seek the necessary compromises and solutions to ensure Derby County has a future to live in. long term. ”
Meanwhile, one of the groups interested in buying Derby is understood to be growing increasingly frustrated by the apparent lack of progress in resolving the impasse caused by legal claims.
The Binnie family made their offer for the Rams on Jan. 13 knowing the claims existed.
But the PA News Agency understands that they are concerned that in their view there has been no significant movement since then and that Boro and Wycombe’s decision to take such action is leading Derby towards liquidation.
For Binnie’s investment firm, Carlisle Capital, the risk of losing in court, however unlikely, or the cost of settling claims make investing in Derby difficult to justify.
If other investors have the same opinion, the liquidation of the club begins to look like the only option left.
Derby was put into administration by then club owner Mel Morris in September last year.
The Binnie family’s offer, understood to be around £28m, excluded the stadium. His intention would be to use an existing £1.1 million annual commercial lease on the stadium and training ground.
On 27 January it was announced that the deadline for club administrators to submit evidence of funding until the end of the season, which had been set for 1 February, had been extended by one month.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.