MANAGER Craig Liddle fears the worst after Darlington were plunged into administration for the third time in nine years yesterday.
The Blue Square Bet Premier side have had 10 points deducted, which leaves them just five points above the drop zone – and the administrators have hinted at a potentially painful conclusion to the Quakers’ problems.
Joint administrator Harvey Madden said: “Without any financial support from outside the club or anyone willing to acquire the club, I will, unfortunately, have little alternative but to cease trade in a very short time.”
The problems at the club have hit Liddle hard, and he said: “We’ve now got two aims. First of all for the club to be saved, but we’ve also got 10 points deducted so we’ve got to try to prevent relegation.
“The administrators have come in and obviously their aim is to save the club, but the amount of money that’s left in the pot isn’t huge, so I think it’s criticial that if there’s anybody willing to take the club on, they’re going to have to move pretty quickly.
“Saturday’s game (against Barrow) will go ahead as planned, but we can’t look any further than Saturday.”
Chairman Raj Singh issued a statement, saying: “It is with huge regret that we’ve had to place the club into administration. I for one certainly didn’t envisage this when I took over the club back in August 2009.
“Over the last 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.”