Darlington chairman Raj Singh "assessing club position"

Darlington have issued a statement responding to speculation the troubled club are to enter administration for a third time in nine years.

The statement reads: "Chairman Raj Singh has today returned from abroad and is currently assessing the club's position with his advisors.

"A further announcement will be made next week."

Reports in the local media  , coupled with Twitter posts from Quakers players fuelled fears for the club's future.

"Why man!? Did we really deserve this? One month was all we needed... Oh dear," midfielder Jamie Chandler's said on Twitter  .

John McReady posted  : "Only 19 and already experienced admin twice."


  • December 2003: The club placed in administration with debts of £20m following move to 27,000 capacity stadium. Eventually club is rescued by Sterling Group in September 2004.
  • February 2009: George Houghton places club in administration with club in League Two play-off places, 10 point deduction costs club a place at the end of the season. Current chairman Singh steps in to takeover the club, completes the deal in August 2009.

He added: "To say I'm gutted is an understatement."

Meanwhile the club also confirmed that the New Year's Day game against Gateshead at the Arena will go ahead as scheduled.

Any decision, if taken, would follow a period of instability at the Arena.

Mark Cooper was dismissed as Quakers boss in October, just months after leading the club to FA Trophy success over Mansfield at Wembley.

Singh called on players to take a pay-cut last month following unsuccessful attempts to secure the purchase of the land on which the stadium stands upon.

In addition this month the club were placed under a transfer embargo  by the Football Conference, and the Professional Footballers' Association attended a meeting at the club after a number of players reported unpaid salaries.

On the field, interim manager Craig Liddle lost the services of captain Ian Miller  , after the player handed in notice of departure following a breach of contract.