Wycombe threaten legal action over Derby administration

Jamie Spencer
Wycombe claim to have lost up to £20m because of their relegation from the Championship
Wycombe claim to have lost up to £20m because of their relegation from the Championship / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Wycombe Wanderers chairman Rob Couhig has warned that the club is considering taking legal action over relegation from the Championship in light of Derby’s descent into administration.

The Rams managed to stave off emergency measures last season but their methods were heavily criticised. They now have lost the battle and will enter administration, taking a 12-point deduction. Had this been issued last season, it would have meant Wycombe survived in the Championship.

Couhig claims the relegation has cost the club up to £20m in lost revenue. It is not clear whether they would pursue a claim against Derby, the EFL or another body, but the chairman has stated the options will be explored.

“Not being in the Championship this year has cost us, on the surface, around £10m. It has probably cost another £5m-10m in residual monies that would have come from us being in the Championship for a second year. It is a £15-20m loss,” Couhig told BBC Sport.

"I am not just chairman and chief executive [at Wycombe], one of my obligations is to the 25% of my shareholders, which is a Trust made up of almost 1,000 of our fans. How do I explain to them that we have lost, in effect, £20m without looking at all the options?

“I don't know if there is a viable claim or not but there is no question we will look.”

A ‘furious’ Couhig directed particular anger towards Derby chairman Mel Morris.

“He knew last summer, when all this was going on, where this was going to end up, that he would end up with a points deduction and they made a deliberate policy to fight it until the end so they could get to this season, keep themselves in the Championship and keep the Championship money and put us back into League One,” the frustrated Wycombe chief said.

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