Tuesday 21 February 2017

Staunton sacked by doomed Darlington

Published 22/03/2010 | 05:00

STEVE STAUNTON was sacked as manager of Darlington after Saturday's miserable 2-1 defeat by Barnet in front of a record-low attendance for the doomed League Two outfit.

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The Quakers were already adrift at the foot of the table when Staunton took control in October, but the Louthman has failed to lift the mood around the struggling north-east club and chairman Raj Singh took action after the poor turn-out at the weekend.

A mere 1,463 spectators turned up for the fixture.

After Saturday's reverse at the Northern Echo, Darlington now sit on just 16 points from 34 games -- and are 19 points away from safety.

"It's with regret that we're having to part company with another manager during what's been a forgetful season for us," said Singh. "But we felt we were left with no alternative after yesterday.

"The most disappointing side to yesterday was the attendance -- a record low crowd told us a lot. We desperately wanted things to work out for Steve, but it just clearly wasn't to be."

The cash-strapped club offered Staunton another chance at management following his catastrophic two-year reign in the Irish hot-seat which ended in October of 2007. He then spent a period as assistant manager at Leeds under Gary McAllister, but was out of work when the Darlington job popped up.

Before the Barnet game, the 41-year-old said there had been discussions with Singh as regards a new contract.

However, management and players were jeered off at the break as they trailed the Londoners by two goals in an error-strewn performance. They could have secured a point with an improved display after the interval, yet it was far too late to save the beleaguered manager.

Irish Independent

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