Derby County have been relegated to the English third division for the first time since 1986. With three games to go, the traditional club coached by Wayne Rooney can no longer be saved in the second-class championship.
A 1-0 loss at Queens Park Rangers on Sunday sealed the Rams’ relegation. QPR’s winning goal came in the 88th minute through Luke Amos.
With rivals Reading salvaging a point by beating Swansea City 4-4, Rooney’s side are an unassailable ten points behind the saving bank with three games remaining.
Rooney and his team had their backs to the wall early this season. In September, the Rams were deducted 12 points as part of bankruptcy proceedings. In November, another point was deducted from nine points. Without this mortgage, Derby County would have managed to stay up with their 13 wins and 13 draws so far.