In an interview with The Northern Echo, former Darlington and York City manager Martin Gray has reflected on some of his recent experiences in the game.

Shildon’s new director of sport talked about his decision to leave Darlo for the York job 14 games into last season:

Gray: “I thought it was the right thing to do for my career. My ambition was to manage as high as I could – and I still haven’t lost that ambition – and I couldn’t turn down that opportunity.

“I’d wanted to go full-time with Darlington at some point, not York, to have a full-time academy and first team squad and get us back to the Football League. York didn’t work out, it was something I had to try but it didn’t work out.

“What really hurt when I came back to Darlington with York in January was that my dad, who has followed me all around the country and been to every game, couldn’t come to that game. It should’ve been a proud day for my parents but I couldn’t let them come to that game.

“I didn’t feel great about winning that day and I didn’t speak to the media before the game or after it. I just wanted to get the day over and done with.

“People have a perception of me. I think some people can’t understand why I left and I understand that because Darlington are a big club at this level. The reason I left was York are full-time, that was my ambition as a manager.”

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