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SAFE ROONEY WORK

MONOPOLY: Wayne Rooney’s future as a Derby coach will be safe under potential new owner No Limits Sports LTD, according to sources close to Rams, write GRAEME BRYCE.

Spanish financier Erik Alonso, 29, who owns the management company WBD Sports, has agreed to buy back current owner Mel Morris, subject to approval from EFL.

The new move comes after Morris unplugged the lengthy story of a potential Derventio Holdings takeover last month, to end four months of turmoil and uncertainty.

Alonso recently failed to buy Sheffield Wednesday, but is expected to pass the EFL Owner and Director Test, with Derby confident that the deal will be finalized in the “near future”.

However, unlike many ambitious new owners, Alonso does not want to bring in his own manager and wants to bring the much-needed stability to relegated Rams.

SunSport understands that a major factor that makes Alonso want to buy Derby is the opportunity to work with a legendary status like Rooney, who can attract potential new signings.

Derby is currently ranked 18th in the standings, 8 points behind the relegation group with the remaining 6 matches.

But Alonso is confident that Rooney will steer the club to safety and sees the legend of Manchester United and England as the man he needs to bring Derby back to the football map.



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