Staunton gets the nod at Darlington

by Neil Sherwin

Former Republic of Ireland boss Steve Staunton and returned to football today, having been appointed the manager at League Two strugglers Darlington.

Staunton agreed terms with the club over the weekend and was officially announced to the role this morning.

Speaking to the club’s official webside, Quakers chairman Raj Singh expressed his delight at the appointment.

“We’re excited about the prospect of working with someone with vast experience in the game and a wealth of contacts,” he said.

“Steve enjoyed a formidable playing career and he has a strong desire to succeed as a manager as well.

“We spoke to a handful of applicants over the weekend and Steve came across as the most professional and organised. He’d done some thorough homework on Darlington and League Two, our players and potential new players, some of whom he’s already targeted to bring in.

“He’s extremely realistic and is aware of the situation here at Darlington, but he’s confident he can utilise his contacts to bring players in who will improve our squad.”

Staunton’s first game in charge will be Wednesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash against Leeds, where he was previously assitant manager to Gary McAllister.

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Neil Sherwin

Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com and BackPageRugby.com. Writes mostly on Premier League, A-League and MLS with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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