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​Rooney pleads with Derby owners to find right person for takeover

Wayne Rooney has urged Derby County's administrators to ensure the club is left in good hands in the coming months.

The Rams are managed by Quantuma since late September, with the company's directors appealing a 12-point deduction they were awarded by the EFL for breaching financial regulations.

First-team managerRooney is aware that unless an owned with significantly deep pockets can be found, Derby may struggle to secure the investment they need to build up the team.

"It's important that it's the right person as we don't want to be put in this position again," said the former England captain.

"I know the administrators are doing everything they can to get the right person to take over this club.

"I was never in doubt that people would come forward as potential buyers. It's a massive club with a great fanbase. The administrators have confirmed to me that there are a lot of parties interested.

"Things are moving forward slowly. Hopefully we can get someone in to move us forward. The sooner the better, but there is no doubt in my mind that it will happen. New owners would have to get to know not just me, but the players and the rest of the staff."

Rooney added: "This is a very important time for us, going into the next international break."

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