Mark Cooper retains Darlington focus despite pressure

Mark Cooper
Mark Cooper led Darlington to FA Trophy success at Wembley in May

Mark Cooper says he is focused on his job as Darlington manager until chairman Raj Singh decides changes are required at the club.

Tuesday's 3-0 home defeat by Southport was the Quakers' sixth game without a win, leaving the FA Trophy holders 17th in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

"He's the chairman, he decides what happens," Cooper told BBC Tees.

"Until I'm told any different I'll get on with my job, and try to get us back on the right track."

Cooper led the club to Wembley success in May, and to the cusp of the play-offs last season, the first manager in the club's history to bring success at the national stadium.

Cooper working hard to halt Quakers slump

However, from the experience of being sacked after 13 games at Peterborough, Cooper is aware that circumstances can quickly change.

"It's not helped by certain parts of the media," adds the former Tamworth and Kettering boss, ahead of Saturday's home date with fellow strugglers Newport County. "They thrive on that and you always get one that beats the drum.

"There's no difference wherever you go. I understand that it is results and I take it fully on the chin.

"Whatever will be will be, I'll work as hard as I can. I turned it round last year when things were pretty bleak and hopefully we can do the same again this year."

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