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Posted on: Sun 21 Mar 2010

By Martin Walker

Darlington have today parted company with manager Steve Staunton.

The club have relieved Staunton of his duties following yesterday's 2-1 defeat at home to Barnet in front of a record low 1,463 at the Northern Echo Arena.

Darlington are marooned at the foot of the League Two table, 19 points adrift of safety with 12 games to go.

Staunton managed four wins in 23 league games for Darlington, losing 17 and drawing two.

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


"It was a disappointing performance and result, but 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 clearly wasn't to be and we'll have to take stock again. Our search for a new manager starts straight away."

Darlington are likely to put Craig Liddle and Neil Maddison in temporary charge until a permanent appointment is made.

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