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Ryan Kidd appointed as Darlington manager


Kidd targets Football League return

Darlington have appointed assistant manager Ryan Kidd as their new boss on a two-year contract.

The 38-year-old replaces Simon Davey who resigned from the post after less than three months in charge.

Kidd arrived at the club as Davey's number two in April having worked as his assistant Barnsley.

Darlington chairman Raj Singh said: "Ryan is the best option for us, given his involvement in player recruitment since joining the club in April."

He added: "We're hoping he'll be able to carry on all the good work we've done recently in creating a buzz around the place."

Kidd is Darlington's fourth manager in 12 months and will be charged with the task of guiding them back to the Football League following their relegation last season.

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Singh added: "He knows the players that he and Simon Davey wanted to keep here as well as helping to identify new signings this summer.

"He shares the same beliefs and philosophies when it comes to football which means the emphasis next season will still be on playing attractive and entertaining football.

"It also reassures the new players we've signed, who are tied to us having signed contracts, and they can be assured they're wanted here by the new manager."

Davey quit as manager after just three months, citing personal reasons for his departure.

Singh said: "Up until Tuesday we were trying to identify a successor to Davey until we discovered Ryan was just as much in the dark as we were about the situation.

"We discussed it with him, had a meeting and he's assured us that he's ready and hungry for this challenge.


"He's played a big part in the squad already and knows the players we're trying to bring in, and if they don't materialise Ryan will be given all the help possible to bring in other targets.

"He ticked all the boxes for us in this situation and we're confident he'll be able to make sure everything carries on as normal and we can continue the momentum that we'd built up in the last couple of months."

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