It has been a season to forget for Derby County in the Championship who have struggled for consistency in recent months.
Despite initially making a positive start to life under the guidance of manager Wayne Rooney, a run of five consecutive defeats in the second-tier has resulted in the Rams being dragged into a relegation dogfight.
Whilst Derby are still in control of their own fate, anything less than a victory in their clash with Swansea City this weekend could allow Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday to move to within striking distance of them heading into the final day of the campaign.
Although on-the-field matters are currently the Rams’ priority, the uncertainty surrounding their future has dominated the headlines this year.
Spanish businessman Erik Alonso is still waiting to see whether he has passed the EFL’s Owners and Directors Test after agreeing to purchase Derby from Mel Morris earlier this month.
Due to delays relating to this issue, there were concerns that the Rams’ players would not be paid on time this month.
However, according to Sky Sports News, Derby’s squad will receive their wages on Friday as Morris has decided to foot the club’s £1.2m bill this month.
The current Rams owner is thought to be reluctant to use his money to bankroll the club in the coming months as he looks to hand over responsibility.
A report by The Athletic earlier this week revealed that there is no get-out clause for Alonso if the club suffer relegation to League One and thus he is expected to be in charge of the club regardless of what division Derby find themselves in next season.