Derby County chief executive Stephen Pearce could be removed from his position on the EFL board with Stoke City’s Tony Scholes a potential replacement, the Daily Mail report.

Derby CEO Pearce has been on the EFL board since 2019.

But with the Rams in a lengthy battle with the EFL over their amortization policy, Pearce has been caught in the middle with a potential conflict of interest at play.

The Daily Mail claim Derby’s Championship rivals have complained about the situation.

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The editorial add how Pearce could be removed from the role, with Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes and Preston North End’s Peter Ridsdale potential replacements.

Championship representation on the Board will be elected next month after Bristol City chief executive Mark Ashton recently departed his role in the organisation.

One of the main talking points with the upcoming election could be related to Financial Fair Play, with Stoke chief executive Scholes keen for clubs to have more spending leeway.

Derby avoided breaking FFP rules following the sale of Pride Park to owner Mel Morris.

The Rams pushed for promotion to the Premier League, losing in four playoff campaigns between 2013 and 2019. The failure has since had major ramifications.

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Derby have been unable to continue to compete financially against parachute payments, and drastic changes have been made with the team suffering as a result.

The club’s wage bill has dropped from £40 million in 2018 to £15 million now, and that has been reflected by struggles on the pitch as Derby narrowly avoided relegation last term.

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