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Rowlands appointed administrators to Darlington FC 4 January 2012

The news comes after the conference side entered administration for the third time in nine years yesterday with the club’s very existence now hanging in the balance.

Harvey Madden and Peter Gray, of the firm have been confirmed as joint administrators for the club.

Madden urged potential buyers to step forward as soon as possible otherwise the club will "have little alternative but to cease to trade in a very short time."

He explained: "I am currently exploring all options to try and find a way to enable the football club to remain in existence but the position of the club is such that without any financial support from outside the club or anyone willing to acquire the club I will, unfortunately, have little alternative but to cease to trade in a very short time.

"Every day is critical if the club is to survive."

Club chairman Raj Singh – who took over the club, nicknamed the Quakers, in August 2009 - yesterday released a statement describing his "huge regret" at the latest development.

He said: "Over the past two months we've been trying to make necessary cutbacks to be able to ensure the future of the club, including negotiating reduced players' wages and a settlement with (former manager) Mark Cooper.

"During this time we haven't been able to do that, while we also haven't received a viable offer to take the club over and its ongoing running costs.  

"I made my position very clear in November and I'd like to stress that we've tried everything we can to resolve the various issues.

"It was never my intention for it to end like this."

Singh explained he was approached by a consortium represented by two businessmen this week but their proposal didn’t solve the issues faced. However, he added they will now be able to take their plans to the administrators.

Singh also blamed other parties for not playing their part and keeping their promises for causing the club’s administration.

He said: "I also know that I've been as open and as transparent as I possibly could have been with the fans, from the day I walked through the door.

"I've been true to my word with the non-playing staff as well, who have all been fully paid up to the end of December.  

"I'm truly sorry that it hasn't worked out and I genuinely hope it can be salvaged in some way."

The club – which dropped out of the Football League in May last year – currently sits in 13th place in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

By Andy Pearce



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