Wayne Rooney will reportedly quit Derby County if the club is demoted to League One.
This comes amidst the ongoing dispute with the EFL.
The Rams may be dumped into the third tier, with Wycombe Wanderers earning a reprieve.
This emerged on Wednesday night after the EFL said it has developed an interchangeable fixture list for the new season.
The news came as an independent disciplinary commission fined the Rams £100,000.
It also ordered them to resubmit three years of accounts as part of their punishment for breaching accounting rules.
The announcement made no mention of a points penalty but that remains a possibility.
The EFL has the right to appeal, as does the club.
The Rams insist a points penalty for last season would not be appropriate or lawful, insisting in a statement.
“The Club looks forward to competing in the Championship in the 2021/22 season.”
Rooney set to leave
However, if Derby dropped into League One, Rooney would leave the club, according to reports.
“Rooney has made it clear privately that he does not want to manage in League One.”
“After doing well to keep them in the Championship in difficult circumstances in his first management job.”
Rooney signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Rams midway through last season.