Martin Gray has resigned as Darlington manager to take up the recently-vacated post as York City boss.
The weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Curzon Ashton was the last match of his 258-reign as Quakers boss. National League North rivals York have previously been interested in Gray, 46, when there has been a vacancy at Bootham Crescent, and they have finally got their man.
On Saturday they announced they wanted to install a new management structure in the wake of sacking Gary Mills as boss, and Gray has accepted their offer to become manager of the full-time club, with former Quakers boss Dave Penney named sporting director.
Penney, most recently Guiseley’s director of football until being sacked in August, was Darlington manager 2006-09 with Gray as his No. 2, the pair then leaving to join Oldham Athletic.
Brian Atkinson and Sean Gregan will be joint Darlington managers until the end of the season.
A statement from Quakers’ board reads: “Darlington Football Club today regretfully confirm the resignation of Martin Gray as our manager.
“After discussions with club directors John Tempest and David Johnston this morning, Martin has made it clear that he believes he has taken the club as far as it can go, given the current club structure and funding.”
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