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Former Manager David Hodgson

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Darlington Manager David Hodgson Sacked

Darlington Chairman George Houghton said that David Hodgson "has been asked to relinquish his post as team manager"

David Hodgson was asked to leave the club on Wednesday 4th October, just days after an inquiry about his conduct was launched by the Chairman.

David Hodgson spoke exclusively to Radio Cleveland and said although he was not going to comment on the allegations made regarding another football club, he didn't need to be questioned of his loyalty to Darlington Football club.

The former boss says he is disappointed for the fans and thinks the football club has pulled themselves back in to a 'dark cloud' of controversy:

Hodgson told BBC Radio Cleveland: "I am being advised now by a group of lawyers and I have to take the steps that they advise me to take.

"At the end of it all I will tell the truth, the full facts surrounding myself and Darlington Football Club."

Darlington Chairman George Houghton says David was sacked for three reasons - performances on the pitch in League Two, the alleged link with the manager's job at Bournemouth and an undisclosed matter which is being dealt with in conjunction with the Football Association.

Chairman George Houghton paid tribute to David's efforts over the past few years but said the inquiry will still continue and added:

"At this period, with a quarter of the season elapsed, it is right to review matters in order to have the best possible chance for promotion this season.

"I have also introduced a new approach to running the club and it has become apparent that differences in management styles have emerged.

"At the start of the season I said I needed 100% commitment from my senior management team. I cannot reconcile this requirement with the manager's discussions with another club. It has to be Darlington, first and always."

BBC Radio Cleveland cover every Darlington FC game home and away on 95FM and Digital Radio.

last updated: 26/06/07

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ae scott
Although I didn't agree with some of Hodgy's formations, and it might have been the time for change,I feel the manner in which it was brought about leaves a sour taste. Hodgy' himself had said that come January if we were not in the top three he would walk. Mr Houghton as been mislead ever to doubt Hodgy's commitment to Darlington FC. I only hope his trust in the people who are advising him prove's to be well founded. Yours a supporter for over 60 years with only the interests of DFC @ heart.

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