To the Derby County Directors,
It has now been 6 weeks since our last letter and 5 weeks since a supporters group meeting where those
present were not able to share what was discussed. Supporters are increasingly concerned that there has
been no further communication from the club while the transfer window has closed and various media stories have been published regarding further punishments and charges from the EFL.
This failure to communicate has further increased concern among supporters, especially now the opportunity
to strengthen the playing squad has gone. The decrease in attendances at Pride Park is indicative of
supporters’ disillusionment and while the atmosphere has been positive so far, there is an increasing risk that
this can change quickly without the club engaging with fans.
While we understand the club cannot reveal confidential details that impact ongoing takeover talks, the
feeling from a growing section of supporters is that the club is using the excuse that it cannot discuss ‘some’
things to avoid saying ‘anything’ and thereby avoiding scrutiny.
Football clubs are not simply another business with ‘stakeholders’. Derby County provides our city with an
identity. The club is an intrinsic part of our community. Derby County is a part of the lives of so many people
in Derbyshire. You took on the great honour and responsibility to be custodian of our football club.
We ask you to front up with fans and answer the following questions that concern the continued viability of
the club. We believe these questions can be answered regardless of takeover talks:
We would therefore again ask for a public response to the following questions:-
Are the Directors able to confirm that there is funding in place to ensure the club can complete the season?
Can you confirm that all outstanding debts to HMRC will be covered, so there is no danger of administration
before the end of the season?
Can you confirm why the EFL has now added an additional charge for failure to pay outstanding transfer fees – and when this will be resolved?
We understand that further information on the takeover can’t be given until a deal is agreed with credible
investors, but we would still urge the club to keep supporters informed as much as possible. Supporters need
assurance that there is light at the end of this tunnel.
Jim Wheeler, Elaine Dean, Tanya Noon, Peter Drew, Kevin Hepworth, Malcolm Turner, Martin Rawson, Paul Sturges, Bob Donald, Patricia Goodwin, Patrick Breslin – The RamsTrust Board (on behalf of all members)