Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood has written to Nadine Dorries, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, questioning the government’s resolve over the EFL’s sale-blocking of Derby County.
Greenwood asked what actions are being taken by Government to settle the stalemate involving the EFL, who are blocking the sale of Derby County.
The 55-year-old – who was educated at St Catharine’s College – called for more action from the government, as the Derby administration saga continues to be unresolved.
She said: “Many of my constituents now fear for the very existence of the club itself.
“I wanted to support the ongoing calls from many MPs in the region for the Government to ensure that a pragmatic solution is now found as a matter of urgency.”
The Nottingham South MP recognises the legal issues around the club but wants a ‘pragmatic solution’ to be taken to ensure the club isn’t gone in the matter of days.
The Rams – who entered administration in September 17, 2020 – need their situation solved before next Monday’s January 31 deadline.
It is also claimed that “the last thing” Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson “wants to see” is Derby County Football Club be liquidated.
Greenwood also noted the government’s comments that they will continue to “closely engage” with the EFL, but questioned what “specific action” they will take.
“What specific action, however, is the government actually taking to resolve the impasse between the Administrators and the EFL quickly now” she added.
“Some of my constituents’ families have supported Derby County for over 70 years and this founder member of the Football League simply cannot be allowed to disappear.
“Will the government now show that it is on the side of fans following the fan led review of football governance?”