Darlington appoint Staunton as manager

Steve Staunton

Steve Staunton

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Darlington have appointed former Republic of Ireland boss Steve Staunton as their new manager.

The club have also installed experienced former England international Kevin Richardson as his assistant in a bold double appointment.

Staunton will take over on Wednesday, after the Quakers' Johnstone’s Paints Trophy tie at Leeds tomorrow night, until the end of the current season, and will take charge for Saturday’s League Two game at Dagenham.

Chairman Raj Singh says the club have appointed the promising and hungry young manager he'd been looking for.

Singh said: "We're excited about the prospect of working with someone with vast experience in the game and a wealth of contacts.

"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.

"We're also delighted with the appointment of Kevin Richardson, who is highly thought of in the game and has a lot of coaching experience on the back of a very successful playing career.

"I said recently that the new manager would need some financial assistance and we'll give Steve as much support as we possibly can.

"But we're very confident we've made the right decision and both Steve and Kevin will help us achieve our short-term goal of staying up this season so that we can build and improve next summer."

Staunton enjoyed a 20-year playing career beginning with Liverpool in 1986, winning the league title, the FA Cup and the League Cup twice, and still holds the record for the most number of international caps for the Republic of Ireland.

After amassing a total of 600 career appearances during two stints with both Liverpool and Aston Villa, as well as spells with Bradford, Crystal Palace, Coventry and Walsall, the 40-year-old was appointed Ireland manager in January 2006, in what was his first managerial position.

Despite winning more games than he lost, Staunton was dismissed in October 2007. He assisted Gary McAllister at Leeds from February-December 2008 before taking up a coaching role for Wolves as well as Under-16s coach at Aston Villa.

Newcastle-born Richardson also enjoyed an impressive, 20-year playing career, including four seasons at Villa Park with Staunton.

The 46-year-old began his career with Everton, winning the league title in 1985, before signing for Watford for a season and then Arsenal in 1987, where he won the league title again.

Ironically, Richardson was in the Gunners side which famously beat Staunton’s Liverpool to lift the Division One title at Anfield in May 1989.

Richardson soon moved on to Real Sociedad but spent just a season in Spain before Ron Atkinson took him to Villa in 1991, and he played 177 league and cup games for the Midlands club before moving on to Coventry, Southampton and Barnsley, ending his career with Blackpool in 2000.

Peter Reid offered Richardson a youth team coaching role at Sunderland before he became Carlton Palmer’s assistant at Stockport County in 2001.

He returned to Wearside as reserve-team coach in 2004 and became first-team coach following the club's takeover by a consortium headed by Niall Quinn, but Roy Keane eventually replaced Richardson at the Stadium of Light and he took up a coaching role at Newcastle United’s Academy.

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11:23am Mon 5 Oct 09

JONJO says...

Well done Mr Singh on resolving the Manager situation so quickly.
As much as I was sorry to see poor Toddy go, I think we have the makings of a good management team as they are both experienced people with lots of contacts. I just hope he can attract the missing thousand or so fans back to the arena to support the lads.
Here's to success.
Well done Mr Singh on resolving the Manager situation so quickly. As much as I was sorry to see poor Toddy go, I think we have the makings of a good management team as they are both experienced people with lots of contacts. I just hope he can attract the missing thousand or so fans back to the arena to support the lads. Here's to success. JONJO
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11:30am Mon 5 Oct 09

dave427 says...

No real experience with the lower leagues, no real experience as a manager; lets hope that they are great coaches. We'll have to see just how much the chair will release for him to spend and how our ambitious manager will cope when he has to re-build a team mid season that will be good enough to stay up. Not my choice but I wish him well for all our sakes.
No real experience with the lower leagues, no real experience as a manager; lets hope that they are great coaches. We'll have to see just how much the chair will release for him to spend and how our ambitious manager will cope when he has to re-build a team mid season that will be good enough to stay up. Not my choice but I wish him well for all our sakes. dave427
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1:02pm Mon 5 Oct 09

monteforte says...

Quick decision taken by shoe string well done.. Lets hope its the right one?
I wish Staunton/Richardson all the best.
We are bottom so they have to improve our team, not a difficult task if you have the right desire and commitment on and off pitch.!
Our scrooge chairman has to help them with a much better sensible budget. If his pockets empty try Fordy's!
We await better results and a better match day experience at the stadium now.More needs to be done by Chairman( sooner than later) lots of people disappointed with current set up and chairman not listening to honest complaints and sensible requests!There are still lots of people who cannot afford the current prices to attend games and the people who do, don't get value for money .So improve facilities please. A instant price drop on admission charges is badly needed if you want all the community involved!.Question to Singh;;
When is the pre-season promise of a local fan /supporter to be elected on the Darlo Fc board going to happen?and other promises you made have yet to be honoured!!!..
Quick decision taken by shoe string well done.. Lets hope its the right one? I wish Staunton/Richardson all the best. We are bottom so they have to improve our team, not a difficult task if you have the right desire and commitment on and off pitch.! Our scrooge chairman has to help them with a much better sensible budget. If his pockets empty try Fordy's! We await better results and a better match day experience at the stadium now.More needs to be done by Chairman( sooner than later) lots of people disappointed with current set up and chairman not listening to honest complaints and sensible requests!There are still lots of people who cannot afford the current prices to attend games and the people who do, don't get value for money .So improve facilities please. A instant price drop on admission charges is badly needed if you want all the community involved!.Question to Singh;; When is the pre-season promise of a local fan /supporter to be elected on the Darlo Fc board going to happen?and other promises you made have yet to be honoured!!!.. monteforte
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1:43pm Mon 5 Oct 09

Ricardo collina says...

not my choice for manager but i will give him a chance and back him 100% the big problem will be what budget and finances have been put his way to improve our shoestring squad and also with the transfer window closed he is only allowed to bring in out of contract players or loan signings of which he will only be able to field only 5 loanees per game
Well done chairman for bringing in someone so quick, I just hope its not a knee jerk reaction, when sitting back and weighing up other options would have been the better response.
So now its up to the supporters and community of Darlington and the surrounding areas to back the team, manager and chairman and hopefully miracles do happen, even at Darlington
not my choice for manager but i will give him a chance and back him 100% the big problem will be what budget and finances have been put his way to improve our shoestring squad and also with the transfer window closed he is only allowed to bring in out of contract players or loan signings of which he will only be able to field only 5 loanees per game Well done chairman for bringing in someone so quick, I just hope its not a knee jerk reaction, when sitting back and weighing up other options would have been the better response. So now its up to the supporters and community of Darlington and the surrounding areas to back the team, manager and chairman and hopefully miracles do happen, even at Darlington Ricardo collina
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5:35pm Mon 5 Oct 09

jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government. says...

Staunton does't fill me with confidence but Richardson is a good coach. It's wait and see as per usual,
J
Staunton does't fill me with confidence but Richardson is a good coach. It's wait and see as per usual, J jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government.
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7:33pm Mon 5 Oct 09

hipha says...

Shoestring chairman?! Raj has saved the club fom extinction. What does he owe the Darlington supporter? Nothing! This town barely deserves a lg2 club with the pathetic support it gives. The remaining supporters deserve credit for sticking with the club and Raj deserves massive credit for his efforts not pathetic whining from a tiny minority.
Shoestring chairman?! Raj has saved the club fom extinction. What does he owe the Darlington supporter? Nothing! This town barely deserves a lg2 club with the pathetic support it gives. The remaining supporters deserve credit for sticking with the club and Raj deserves massive credit for his efforts not pathetic whining from a tiny minority. hipha
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7:35pm Mon 5 Oct 09

Beermatt says...

Here's hoping Steve Staunton brings some luck with him as it's eluded us all season thus far! Although it must be said (bar a couple of players + loan signings who have performed) we don't currently have a strong enough squad to stay up this season. Here's hoping he hits the ground running using his contacts to pull in some talent. Good luck Steve and C'mon Darlo !
Here's hoping Steve Staunton brings some luck with him as it's eluded us all season thus far! Although it must be said (bar a couple of players + loan signings who have performed) we don't currently have a strong enough squad to stay up this season. Here's hoping he hits the ground running using his contacts to pull in some talent. Good luck Steve and C'mon Darlo ! Beermatt
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12:28am Tue 6 Oct 09

ace38 says...

I wish Steve Staunton and his assistant Kevin Richardson all the best. Both they and Chairman Raj Singh deserve the full backing of Darlington`s football public.
I wish Steve Staunton and his assistant Kevin Richardson all the best. Both they and Chairman Raj Singh deserve the full backing of Darlington`s football public. ace38
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3:39pm Wed 7 Oct 09

cj-dog says...

Mental Health Alert!

Staunton needs to be sectioned as this an act of deliberate self-harm.
Mental Health Alert! Staunton needs to be sectioned as this an act of deliberate self-harm. cj-dog
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