Derby County, led by England and Manchester United great Wayne Rooney, were relegated to the third tier of English football on Monday to cap a miserable season which also saw the club docked 21 points for breaking financial rules.
A 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers left Derby 10 points from safety with three games remaining in the second-tier Championship.
Derby has been in administration – a form of bankruptcy protection – since September, with the sale of the debt-ridden club to a new owner yet to be finalised.
He received two separate point deductions of nine and 12 early in the season.
Rooney has been Derby manager since November 2020. He was previously player-manager of the Central England side.
Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League could be confirmed later on Monday.
If Nottingham Forest lose to West Bromwich Albion, Fulham – currently in first place – will be guaranteed a top-two place and therefore one of two automatic promotion spots.
Fulham were relegated from the Premier League last season. The London club have oscillated between the top two divisions every season since being promoted to the Premier League in 2018 after a four-year absence.
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