Sad day for the North East as Darlington go into administration for the third time in nine years and are facing a points deduction in the Blue Square Premier.
Sitting in 13th place is not where the club want to be after many years in the Football League but now with all their mounting problems could be facing another relegation. Club chairman Raj Singh has been through many different managers with very little success, the managers have been quite well known as well. Colin Todd was the first in charge but was sacked after losing seven out of their first nine games of the season. Steve Staunton took over afterwards and when he arrived it was a lot different to his former role as the manager of the Republic of Ireland. Even with his many contacts in the game he could not bring any joy to the Quakers fans who only won four of his 23 games.
They inevitably got relegated to the Conference but still worse was to come in managerial terms as Simon Davey who managed the club till the end of the season then left the club. Raj Singh thought he had hired the right man in Davey’s long time assistant Ryan Kidd but without making a single signing and not even picking a single starting line up he left the club. 11 days was all he lasted and goes down as one of the shortest managerial reigns in history.
Mark Cooper was the next man in the managerial hot seat and he seemed to bring back a little bit of stability and consistency as he lasted the full season but in October he was inevitably sacked by Raj Singh who doesn’t seem to know exactly how to run the football club.
The Darlington fans must be sick to their stomach, they have a fantastic stadium and deserve better as the 128 year old club have spent most of that time in the Football League. At least last season they had some joy in winning the FA Trophy with a last minute winner from Chris Senior. Amazingly Senior was released four days later by Darlington.
The worst part about this whole debacle is that Carlos Tevez could pay for Darlington to get out of administration with one weeks wages. This is a man who allegedly refused to play and he could save a club from extinction by giving up a small amount. It’s not just about football players, it is everyone that works at the football club from the grounds man to the tea lady at training ground that are facing uncertainty. Real people in real situations and Mr Tevez is sitting with his feet not doing a single thing, footballers are frustrating people and surely it’s time for them to try and give a little more back.
I hope Darlington recover because nobody wants to see a club fold and they need all the help they can get like a lot of other football clubs in the country.