Derby head manager, Wayne Rooney slams Derby owner, Mel Morris over ‘disrespect’

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United legend and Derby county boss and head manager, has slammed Derby County owner, Mel Morris over being “disrespectful” and lacking honesty after the Championship club entered administration.

After a meeting on Tuesday, Rooney’s inability to gain audience of the club owner over the present issue, led to his outburst.

“In my opinion, it wasn’t sincere enough, it wasn’t heartfelt enough, and it wasn’t done with enough honesty,” said Rooney in an interview ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sheffield United.

“Obviously he has moved on and we have to move on and put Mel Morris to the back of our minds.

“I personally haven’t spoken to Mel Morris since August 9. I still haven’t had a one-on-one conversation, no phone call, no text message. Nothing.

“I find it a bit disrespectful, to be honest. Communication is so important, whether it’s good news or bad news, so we can deal with it.

“He doesn’t have to apologise to me. I just found, as manager of this football club, getting questions from players and staff and not being able to answer, I was hurt by that.

“He’s put a lot of money into the club, and he deserves a lot of respect for that, but there are ways of handling things and it has left me disappointed.”

He went further to reiterate how committed he is to the club amidst the club’s present financial crises.
“I have said how committed I am to this job and this club. Nothing changes.

“I am committed to this football club. I grew up on a council estate in Liverpool. I know how tough life can be.

“What kind of person would I be if I went and laid on a beach for a few weeks? We can stay up but if we get more points deducted, it will get a lot more difficult.”he concluded.

And as it stands, if care is not taken, Derby will face the possibility of a further points deduction due to a potential breach of the EFL’s Financial Fair Play rules.