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Rasiak Truth revealed
BBC Radio Derby has learned that Derby County were forced to sell Grzegorz Rasiak after pressure from Co-Op bank - even though the chairman and chief executive said that wasn't the case.
The club is £40m in debt - much of which is owed to Co-op - and was told by the bank early in August it had until the end of the month to raise a million pounds toward paying off the debt.
After discussions, the board came up with a first option of selling England Under-21 goalkeeper Lee Camp.
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Murdo Mackay was instructed to find a buyer for the keeper but in the end, he wasn't sold.
With pressure still being put on the club to raise the million, the sale of Derby's player of the season, Inigo Idiakez, was an option.
However director of football Murdo Mackay took the view that in the short to medium term, Idiakez was irreplaceable.
The club needed an alternative and finance director Andrew Mackenzie instead recommended selling Polish striker Grzegorz Rasiak.
It now appears when Rasiak signed for the Rams, the intention was to keep the striker at the club for a short period and that any transfer fee they could get for him would be a bonus.
It became clear that he could be the player who would bring in the £1m the club needed and Andrew Mackenzie recommended to the board that they should seek to get at least £2m for Rasiak and try to 'engineer' an offer of around that sort of figure.
As we now know, Rasiak was sold to Tottenham Hotspur on the evening of transfer deadline day for a fee said to be up to £2m.
But when questioned after the move both chairman John Sleightholme and chief executive Jeremy Keith denied that the sale had been down to financial pressure.
They said the player wanted to leave - particularly after he got wind of potential interest from Spurs and a move to the Premiership.
But it now seems a lot clearer that the reason other clubs had become interested in Rasiak was because, with the full knowledge of Derby County, they were being made aware that he was up for sale.
Co-Op's desperation to get the money back was down to the fact that the club had made promises to the bank which they had then failed to deliver on.
* A tax scheme which was supposedly going to raise £7m.
* a promise that the club would live with player wages of £5m last year.
* a promise that the club would live with player wages of £3m this year - though that figure was subsequently changed to £5m.
* a promise of £2m from the sale of players last year which, despite the sale of Tom Huddlestone to Tottenham, didn't happen.
It's difficult to see what lies ahead for the club, though a payment of £1m doesn't get anywhere near paying off the club's overall debt.
Idiakez has signed a new extended deal but it's believed by at least one of the board members that he may well ask for further improved contract terms before Christmas -a belief accompanied by a frank assessment of the Spaniard's motivation.
Speaking on BBC Radio Derby, chief executive Jeremy Keith defended himself against allegations he had misled supporters after the sale.
He said: "The line of questioning was that the bank had told the football club to sell a player and I was not prepared to make the bank be seen to be the villain of the piece.
"The board went to the bank last season and asked for support in our push for promotion.
"We assured the bank that we would bring our house in order over the summer so the bank were well within their rights to remind us of the undertaking we had made to them.
"The bank left it to the board to decide how we chose to raise the money."
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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