Derby’s next owners face a £1m legal bill as Middlesbrough and Wycombe’s claims face ugly court battle

DERBY’s next owners face a HOT legal bill of more than £1m as a claim by Middlesbrough and Wycombe heads for an ugly court battle.

Wayne Rooney boss Rams hopes to step down as manager soon but the successful bidders will have to go through a long and costly battle with two of their EFL rivals.

Wayne Rooney's Derby is currently at the bottom of the Championship table - 11 points behind

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Wayne Rooney’s Derby is currently at the bottom of the Championship table – 11 points behindCredit: Getty

Steve Gibson’s Boro wants around £45m and Wycombe £6m for lost revenue which they claim Derby have cost them by breaking FFP rules.

It was a headache for Quantuma administrators.

They don’t plan to pay either, and the way the dispute is classified it sounds like a legal battle and possible countermeasures.

Administrators are now confident about agreeing an agreement with HMRC on a tax bill of around £27 million.

But the dispute between Boro and Wycombe could not be easily resolved.

So the next owner will have to deal with that big issue right away, but the controversy could drag on for years.

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American contractor Chris Kirchner is not comfortable with this position and wanted reassurance that he wouldn’t face a hefty bill if they lost.

He also wants to give the stadium LESS than the £20m that Mel Morris wants – and that is an acceptable point in his bid.

Other parties may have a chance on the legal path but will have to commit to implementing the bill.

A team including former owner Andy Appleby and aide Jez Moxey are trying to finalize a deal.

They could add former Wolves frontman Steve Morgan to their ranks and also supporter of the Canadians.

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