American businessman Chris Kirchner pulled out of his deal to buy Derby Country last week and now whoever decides to buy the club without Wayne Rooney in the dugout.
Sky Sports claims David Clowes, chairman at Clowes Developments, wants to rescue the club he supports after already buying Pride Park.
Sadly, for him and fellow supporters, if the Derbyshire-based property group buy the club, he will need to find a replacement for first-team manager Wayne Rooney.
Rooney has announced his decision to part ways with Derby County. He told the official club website: “Over the course of the summer I have been closely following developments regarding the ownership of Derby County.
“Today I met with the administrators to inform them of my decision that it was time for me to leave the club. In fairness to them, they tried tremendously hard to change my decision but my mind was made up.
“My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, both highs and lows, but I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge.
“Personally, I feel the club now needs to be led by someone with fresh energy and not affected by the events that have happened over the last eighteen months. I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection and would like to thank all my staff, players and of course the fans for their incredible support. I will never forget you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times.
“Finally, I am aware that the club still have interested parties who wish to take over the running of the club. To them I say this, Derby County is a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and much success for the future.”
The administrators, who are trying to find a new buyer for the football club, will be disappointed that Rooney has decided to leave the club. It would only be fair to ask, in return, if he had any other choice?
The future looks bleak for Derby County.
Rooney did all he could to save Derby from relegation, but the hefty points deduction that hung over their heads left them crippled at the very end.
The former Manchester United striker did a brilliant job at Derby.