I will not quit Darlington - Craig Liddle

Craig Liddle
Liddle has a 12-year attachment with Darlington, for whom he played 327 games

Darlington caretaker manager Craig Liddle has said he will not quit his post despite the threat of liquidation lingering over the club.

The administrators have admitted that Saturday's Blue Square Bet Premier trip to Barrow could be the last, given the Quakers' precarious financial position.

"It's not in my nature to quit," Liddle told BBC Tees.

"I'll be here to the end. I told the lads I'll probably be the one to put the lights out if that is the case."

He added: "The boys have that same mentality, they want to see it through.

"If we can come through it we can come out stronger. We've just got to hope there's someone out there who can help us."

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Liddle made 327 appearances for Darlington as a player over seven years, and has been involved with the club in a coaching capacity on and off since February 2008.

In addition to his caretaker role with the first team, Liddle has been responsible for the club's youth set-up, for whom funding is provided by the Football League until the end of the current campaign.

"I've just been trying to get on with things as best I can," Liddle said.

"I'm getting calls from worried parents whose boys are in the youth set-up - we run a nines-to-18s programme so we've got over 100 boys who are worried about their futures.

"Obviously, because of the administration on Tuesday, I've had to meet with the administrators on a daily basis, looking to see if we can continue for the time being.

"On top of that I'm trying to keep the first team focused on going down to Barrow on Saturday to get a result.

"I keep saying it, but I can't fault them. They've been outstanding in everything they've done.

"It's been difficult, my phone's been red hot, that's something I've got used to.

"The main thing is we're sticking together and we're getting backing off supporters and other groups and that has been welcome."

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