Derby County are set to go into administration amid their continued financial problems.
The club, which is up for sale, said despite negotiations with a number of "credible parties", identifying a buyer was unlikely in the short term.
It means they could face a 12-point deduction in the Championship.
Derby, managed by former England captain Wayne Rooney, are 16th in the table with seven points from their first seven matches.
Their accounts for 2016, 2017 and 2018 are already being re-examined after they were found to have broken accounting rules and they could face more points deductions for that.
The Rams have been fined £100,000 and reprimanded in July by the English Football League for that breach.
Derby owner Mel Morris has been trying to sell the club but has already had two prospective sales fall through.
The Rams have been under a transfer embargo since before the summer window opened, meaning Rooney was only allowed to sign free agents with strict conditions on salaries.
On the field, the Rams have won just one of their seven league matches this season and drawn four, leaving them two points above the relegation zone.
Derby narrowly avoided relegation to League One last season by a point when they drew against Sheffield Wednesday in their final match.
More to follow.