Darlington FC manages leaves

Todd quits as Quakers' boss

Todd quits as Quakers' boss

First published in Darlington FC News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Sports Editor

Colin Todd has left Darlington after only nine games.

He announced the news on the pitch at Grimsby Town after his side had drawn 1-1.

But it was not enough to prevent Todd leaving who said the decision to leave had been made during the week after meeting with chairman Raj Singh.

Todd said assistant manager Dean Windass will not be his replacement but Singh must act fast as Darlington have a home game on Tuesday.

Todd was appointed during May with and he had to rebuild a squad torn apart by administration which had left Darlington with only two senior pros - Steve Foster and Ian Miller.

The manager has been able to sign 20 players, including seven loans, but Todd's team are currently bottom of League Two with only two points from nine games – the worst start to a season in the club's history.

“I didn't prompt it, I think results prompted it – that's the business we are in. Whether the decision has been hasty or not I don't know.

Colin Todd

“I'm leaving the football club now, I don't know who will be in charge for Tuesday's game,” said Todd on the Blundell Park pitch.

“The decision was made during the week, by mutual consent.

“I didn't prompt it, I think results prompted it – that's the business we are in. Whether the decision has been hasty or not I don't know."

"At certain levels you're dictated by results, the time factor sometimes isn't long enough but you have to take the rough with the smooth.

"I think the chairman should have been here to address the situation. I've had the players all in together and nobody had any idea, not even my staff [that I was going]."

Todd's appointment represented his return to English football having been working in Denmark as manager of Randers.

Born into a mining family in Chester-le-Street, he began his playing career at Sunderland where his cultured displays as a central defender caught the attention of Derby manager Brian Clough who paid £175,000 for his services.

An eight-year spell at the Baseball Ground earned Todd 27 England caps and two league titles before he joined Everton and Birmingham City before linking up again with Clough at Nottingham Forest.

After cutting his managerial teeth at Middlesbrough - presiding over one of the club's most troubled periods, when the club went into liquidation in 1986 - Todd moved to Bolton Wanderers where he forged a reputation for using his extensive contacts in Europe to unearth a series of bargain buys.

The capture of goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen for a fee of £300,000, who has since gone on to make almost 400 appearances at the Reebok, was one of a host of unheralded foreign imports who became mainstays of the Bolton side.

Todd was also responsible for bringing current Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen to England along with Claus Jensen, Ricardo Gardner and Per Frandsen.

He has also previously managed Swindon and Bradford City.

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11:24pm Sat 26 Sep 09

monteforte says...

Thanks, Colin Todd you did a great Job! shame the way you were treated by Chairman.
I respect Toddy's decision to resign after todays game. He's been good enough to get us a team together for nothing so we could play in L2 again. Working his socks off pre- season during admin' without wages He put himself out there where no other dared! to save this club. A dignified guy who has done nothing wrong personally whilst being here.. A scapegoat now for the regime in charge!
The team is almost there as we saw today with fightback. but i feel he was not supported in his efforts to build the right team..
Scrooge budgeting by shoe string Singh mean't tight measures were hampering all training,coaching facilities and important team building! No wonder results were against us.
Changes have to be made now and any new manager has to be given better solid support and financial backing from the club.
Supporters should be respected more in the valuable role they play in the clubs structure.
The promises made by Singh should be honored and treatment of DarloFC fans improved if we are to be a community based club again.....
More open debate is required between club and supporters.....
Thanks, Colin Todd you did a great Job! shame the way you were treated by Chairman. I respect Toddy's decision to resign after todays game. He's been good enough to get us a team together for nothing so we could play in L2 again. Working his socks off pre- season during admin' without wages He put himself out there where no other dared! to save this club. A dignified guy who has done nothing wrong personally whilst being here.. A scapegoat now for the regime in charge! The team is almost there as we saw today with fightback. but i feel he was not supported in his efforts to build the right team.. Scrooge budgeting by shoe string Singh mean't tight measures were hampering all training,coaching facilities and important team building! No wonder results were against us. Changes have to be made now and any new manager has to be given better solid support and financial backing from the club. Supporters should be respected more in the valuable role they play in the clubs structure. The promises made by Singh should be honored and treatment of DarloFC fans improved if we are to be a community based club again..... More open debate is required between club and supporters..... monteforte
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8:47am Sun 27 Sep 09

Christopher Wardell says...

No disrespect to Colin Todd, but I'm off out to celebrate. His tactics were clueless, and he had 'old school' wrote on his tracksuit. Buster Bloodvessel would of done a better job for Darlo.
No disrespect to Colin Todd, but I'm off out to celebrate. His tactics were clueless, and he had 'old school' wrote on his tracksuit. Buster Bloodvessel would of done a better job for Darlo. Christopher Wardell
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10:11am Sun 27 Sep 09

Ricardo collina says...

I think that Colin Todd did a great job here at Darlington under very difficult circumstances and he should be proud of his acheivements during this spell even though we never had a league win I think he was getting there and with a little more time the results would turn our way. But now we have to get back to some sense of normality quickly, appoint a respected leader who will take us forward and upward. For the meantime we as a community should support and back the interim management team of Neil Maddison and Craig Liddle and give them the chance to get two wins in our next two home games and push on for respectability and who knows survival
Our only problem is that Jamie Chandler who has been our best player so far this season is now suspended, but the players must play their socks off and the supporters and community must also back the team with their attendance and then things can only get better .....survival first, then perhaps some glory and theres still the F.A. cup with a bit of luck and a good draw get a big club to the Arena in the third round and a bonus for the supporters in what will continue to be the joy of supporting Darlington!!!!!!
I think that Colin Todd did a great job here at Darlington under very difficult circumstances and he should be proud of his acheivements during this spell even though we never had a league win I think he was getting there and with a little more time the results would turn our way. But now we have to get back to some sense of normality quickly, appoint a respected leader who will take us forward and upward. For the meantime we as a community should support and back the interim management team of Neil Maddison and Craig Liddle and give them the chance to get two wins in our next two home games and push on for respectability and who knows survival Our only problem is that Jamie Chandler who has been our best player so far this season is now suspended, but the players must play their socks off and the supporters and community must also back the team with their attendance and then things can only get better .....survival first, then perhaps some glory and theres still the F.A. cup with a bit of luck and a good draw get a big club to the Arena in the third round and a bonus for the supporters in what will continue to be the joy of supporting Darlington!!!!!! Ricardo collina
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2:14pm Sun 27 Sep 09

jabdc5 says...

Todd was on a hiding to nothing trying to assemble a team from other clubs cast-offs. Not his fault of course but he got on with it and tried to build Darlo a team from scratch.
One wonders whether the loss of his "connections" may mean the
likes of Dowson and Chandler returning to Sunderland. I don't think any other league club or player will have much faith in the new chairman after this and it may be difficult to attract players although there's always some fool who will want to be manager. However there's always "hope", the thing North-East clubs have lived on for years. Todd played nearly 200 games for Sunderland nearly all in the number 4 "Right-half" shirt. He never ever turned out at left-back for them,
J
Todd was on a hiding to nothing trying to assemble a team from other clubs cast-offs. Not his fault of course but he got on with it and tried to build Darlo a team from scratch. One wonders whether the loss of his "connections" may mean the likes of Dowson and Chandler returning to Sunderland. I don't think any other league club or player will have much faith in the new chairman after this and it may be difficult to attract players although there's always some fool who will want to be manager. However there's always "hope", the thing North-East clubs have lived on for years. Todd played nearly 200 games for Sunderland nearly all in the number 4 "Right-half" shirt. He never ever turned out at left-back for them, J jabdc5
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7:11pm Sun 27 Sep 09

Eurodarlo says...

“I didn't prompt it, I think results prompted it – that's the business we are in. Whether the decision has been hasty or not I don't know.Darlo have always had a habit of sacking or letting go Managers who had given 110%. Jim Platt and David Hodgson spring to mind but there are others. Colin Todd took on the job with no pay very little budget and a seriously waning support.A hiding to nothing. Without Colin Todd I doubt if we would still have a team in the league. Any Manager needs time to build and maintain a solid side and I think Todd was almost there; it's a shame the chairman got rid of him now. I doubt it will do much to improve team morale. The next game is against Rochdale which ironically is when the farcical nose-dive started last season. Lets hope one day a Darlo chairman will give the manager more time and the town will give the club more support.
“I didn't prompt it, I think results prompted it – that's the business we are in. Whether the decision has been hasty or not I don't know.Darlo have always had a habit of sacking or letting go Managers who had given 110%. Jim Platt and David Hodgson spring to mind but there are others. Colin Todd took on the job with no pay very little budget and a seriously waning support.A hiding to nothing. Without Colin Todd I doubt if we would still have a team in the league. Any Manager needs time to build and maintain a solid side and I think Todd was almost there; it's a shame the chairman got rid of him now. I doubt it will do much to improve team morale. The next game is against Rochdale which ironically is when the farcical nose-dive started last season. Lets hope one day a Darlo chairman will give the manager more time and the town will give the club more support. Eurodarlo
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11:28am Mon 28 Sep 09

stevegg says...

The way things are looking there probably wont be any club at all if things stand as they are. Spirit, hope and goodwill wont help the club survive - its money that counts in this day and age. The writings been on the wall since Reynolds went on his ego trip and built the new stadium saddling them with unmanagable costs. No football club of Darlos status can survive that. If the club gets relegated (which is a real possibility) and/or doesnt find a financial backer with deep pockets its gameover, the club will be finished.
The way things are looking there probably wont be any club at all if things stand as they are. Spirit, hope and goodwill wont help the club survive - its money that counts in this day and age. The writings been on the wall since Reynolds went on his ego trip and built the new stadium saddling them with unmanagable costs. No football club of Darlos status can survive that. If the club gets relegated (which is a real possibility) and/or doesnt find a financial backer with deep pockets its gameover, the club will be finished. stevegg
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