Darlington manager Ryan Kidd is understood to have resigned after just ten days, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Club chairman Raj Singh confirmed in the past few minutes: "He's told me he's having second thoughts about the job."

Asked if the reports that Kidd had quit were true, Mr Singh added: "I need to speak to him today."

The chairman said it was not true that Kidd had agreed to follow his predecessor Simon Davey to Hereford.

When Kidd, 38, was announced as Davey's replacement, he declared his intention to stay at Darlington long-term, signing a two-year deal to become the club's fourth appointment inside 16 months.

If he has quit, it will throw the club into further turmoil.

He said at the time of his appointment: "I am committed to this and obviously I want to be a success in management. I think you'll find I'm a loyal and honest person and will do this job to the best of my ability.

"I like what's going on at this club. The foundations are in place, we've got a really good chance of bouncing back next year - I want to be part of that and who wouldn't be."

Before becoming Davey's assistant manager at Darlington, Kidd had been his assistant at Barnsley.

His playing career, mainly at Preston, had been cut short due to a neck injury.