Craig Liddle expects to miss out on Darlington vacancy

Craig Liddle
Liddle (pictured in the 2000 Division Three play-off final against Peterborough) made more than 300 appearances as a player

Darlington caretaker manager Craig Liddle says Tuesday's 3-0 FA Cup replay defeat by Hinckley has ended his chances of taking charge permanently.

Liddle, the club's head of youth development, led the Quakers for a second match in his third spell as interim boss at the Arena.

"I don't think there are any decisions for me to make, the players have made the decisions," Liddle told BBC Tees.

"Me and the chairman [Raj Singh] do not have a decision to make any more."

The 40-year-old added: "I don't think there's a question now after what I've just seen.

"I'm so disappointed and upset with what I've seen tonight."

Hinckley, a division below the Quakers in the Blue Square Bet North, will now host Tamworth at De Monftfort Park in the first round.

Singh had previously hoped to announce a manager in time for Saturday's Blue Square Bet Premier trip to AFC Telford United.

However potential candidates such as former assistant boss Martin Grayexternal-link and Middlesbrough under-18s coach Colin Cooperexternal-link have ruled themselves out of the running for the post.

"If I am [in charge at the weekend so be it]," added Liddle. "I will do it, the chairman knows that, the players know that and I'll do it to the best of my ability.

"I won't sleep now for three nights because it deeply hurts me, but we'll keep battling on.

"I'll keep doing the job until we get the right person in to turn this club around."

Liddle's association with Darlington goes back to 1998 when he joined the club from Middlesbrough.

He made more than 300 appearances, and featured in the club's losing Division Three play-off final side during the 1999-2000 season.