Darlington chairman Raj Singh "assessing club position"

Raj Singh
Raj Singh took ownership of the club in 2009

Darlington have issued a statement responding to speculation the troubled club are to enter administration for a third time in nine years.

The statement reads: "Chairman Raj Singh has today returned from abroad and is currently assessing the club's position with his advisors.

"A further announcement will be made next week."

Reports in the local mediaexternal-link, coupled with Twitter posts from Quakers players fuelled fears for the club's future.

"Why man!? Did we really deserve this? One month was all we needed... Oh dear," midfielder Jamie Chandler's said on Twitterexternal-link.

John McReady postedexternal-link: "Only 19 and already experienced admin twice."

He added: "To say I'm gutted is an understatement."

Meanwhile the club also confirmed that the New Year's Day game against Gateshead at the Arena will go ahead as scheduled.

Any decision, if taken, would follow a period of instability at the Arena.

Mark Cooper was dismissed as Quakers boss in October, just months after leading the club to FA Trophy success over Mansfield at Wembley.

Singh called on players to take a pay-cut last month following unsuccessful attempts to secure the purchase of the land on which the stadium stands upon.

In addition this month the club were placed under a transfer embargo by the Football Conference, and the Professional Footballers' Association attended a meeting at the club after a number of players reported unpaid salaries.

On the field, interim manager Craig Liddle lost the services of captain Ian Miller, after the player handed in notice of departure following a breach of contract.