ALUN ARMSTRONG has been dismissed as Darlington manager in the wake of the club's poor start to the season.

Quakers' goalless home draw with Boston last night saw them fall to the foot of the National League North table after picking up just six points from their opening eight matches.

The club suffered a disappointing second half of last season, missing out on the play-offs despite being extremely well positioned for much of the campaign, and the hangover appears to have carried over into the current campaign.

As a result, Darlington's board have opted to dismiss Armstrong, who was appointed in May 2019 as the replacement for Tommy Wright, and his assistant Darren Holloway.

A Darlington statement said: "Following extensive discussions and reflection on the first team’s performances over the past eight months, and having consulted with the Darlington FC Supporters Group Board, the Board of DFC regrets to announce that manager Alun Armstrong and assistant manager Darren Holloway have been given notice of termination of their employment contracts, and relieved of their duties."


Quakers chairman and CEO, David Johnston, added: "Having looked at results since the start of 2023, when we were top of National League North and in particular the very poor start to the current season, we were unanimous as a board that a change needed to be made.

"It is a decision that has not come easily. We are sure that all fans will join us in thanking Alun and Darren for their time at Darlington FC and wish them well for the future.”

Darlington expect to issue a further statement on first-team arrangements ahead of Saturday's game at Bishop's Stortford shortly.