Wayne Rooney: Derby County boss keeps faith in survival hopes amid deduction fears

Derby has seven points but would lose all of them if they were given a nine-point deduction
Wayne Rooney, Derby County's boss, believes that even with a nine point deduction for accounting policies, Derby County will still be able to survive in the Championship.

The speculation continues to suggest that the English Football League will impose this penalty with three additional points suspended for historical rule violations.

The Rams would be at the bottom of the table with nothing to make up.

Rooney stated, "If nine points are the penalty we must take then I'm confident that we'll remain in this division."

"Obviously, like everyone else, we wait to see what happens and what's happening. If it's nine, then I have a lot faith in the players as well as in myself.

Rooney's team, already hindered in preparations for this season due to a transfer embargo (an offshoot off-the-field problems related to the breaches), have collected seven points from seven games so far

Although free agents like Phil Jagielka and Ravel Morrison have been added to their ranks, the Rams academy has provided an excellent source of talent. Dylan Williams joined Louie Sibley and Lee Buchanan in the first team.

For the last time that a Rams team was in the third tier English football league, you have to go back to mid-1980s. Rooney is optimistic in his efforts to avoid this fate.

The 35-year old added, "I've stated many times that I'm confident," "If we are dealt nine points, there's not much I can do. There's nothing that the players can do.

"I am confident that we will remain in the division. It becomes more difficult if it goes beyond this, with more points.

Dylan Williams (17 years old) is one of the young talents Rooney has called upon to help Derby.

"My focus is on players and getting them ready for the games. They've been great."

After spending his entire playing career with Manchester United, he knows that survival at the bottom of the table is not an option.

Rooney stated, "My commitment is there for all to see. The easy thing would have been to walk away."

"I'm not a fighter. I'm here to help this club. I'm 100% committed to this football club."