Derby County have defended their 80m evaluation of Pride Park in the aftermath of a different investigation initiated by the English Football League.
The EFL has commissioned valuations of the Rams’ home floor as well as Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough and Reading’s Madejski Stadium within this Profitability and Sustainability (P&S) process.
Derby have told Sky Sports News they ran their own independent evaluation of Pride Park prior to selling it to another of proprietor Mel Morris’s businesses – .
Along with Sky Sports News has been advised that a number of additional second-tier sides have expressed worries which Pride Park was overvalued at the marketplace, permitting without breaking up the EFL principles Derby to invest more in their playing group.
Championship clubs are now reviewing the P&S process, which will be drawing to a close for the previous financial year, and are discussing whether there ought to be some rule changes, following concerns were raised over Derby and other clubs selling their stadiums to third-party companies and renting them back.
Middlesbrough have begun legal action against Derby within the issue and Boro chairman Steve Gibson has complained to the EFL, stating he feels the purchase and lease-back system contravenes that the League’s rules on P&S – but his proposal to change the rule before this year was voted down by the other nightclubs.
Separate accusations have been levelled that, when the scene is really worth #80m, the football club has been under-charged in lease.
However, Derby are determined that the rent reflects the total amount of use the football club gets out of the stadium, which amounts to a mean of 30 days per year when they host their home matches.
Derby stay adamant that they have not broken any rules.
The Midlands club have also told Sky Sports News they consider the cost of that independent review in their arena and others are going to be a six-figure sum and some thing 24 Championship clubs will be expected to discuss, which has also been met with concern in at least one other Championship club.