Darlington have announced that John Tempest will be standing down as a director at the forthcoming AGM.

Tempest has been an unpaid director of the club for four years and was strongly involved with the Trust and the CIC before that, but he has now decided to stand down to concentrate more on his own business.

“It is with a heavy heart that I need to inform you that I am stepping down from my role of Director of Darlington 1883 Ltd,” he said. “My involvement over the last five years from the Trust, CIC and then the last four years as a director of Darlington Football Club, I am confirming it’s my intention to resign and not to seek re-appointment at the next AGM. Over the last few weeks, I have discussed my decision with fellow directors as well as manager Tommy Wright to ensure a smooth transition of my director responsibilities and it gives time for the Darlington FC Supporters Group to recruit and appoint other Board Directors.

“My involvement with the club has been very challenging yet rewarding. The highlights during my tenure have been working with Richard Cook in bringing the club back to Darlington in very difficult times and securing Virgin Trains as main sponsor in 2016 which was a huge achievement for a club at our level. It was also most welcome to secure Ebac on a similar deal.

“Although the season hasn’t gone as well as any of us would have liked, I do believe that Tommy Wright and Alan White were the correct appointments. Rome wasn’t built in a day and I have seen them both work exceptionally hard and as a young management team they are learning each day. The work Tommy and Alan have done on setting up the Academy gives the club a sound base to move forward. Under the guidance of Chief Executive Officer David Johnston, who is a delight to work with, the club is being driven strategically in the right long-term direction.

“Overseeing both the commercial and financial side of DFC over the last two years clearly couldn’t be done on a purely volunteer goodwill basis and a paid resource was key to driving commercial revenue forward. Craig Morley has already proved to be a successful appointment and is making major strides in increasing commercial revenue. Likewise, Chris Stockdale, chair of the DFCSG, has been handling all financial aspects of the club since April 2018 and is doing a great job which I know can be extremely stressful and challenging. With some good professional appointments to the DFCSG board there is now a mixture of a wide range of skills from infrastructure to planning which will help to drive the club forward.

“With the above now in place I need to concentrate on my own business which has suffered due to the time I’ve had to devote to all things DFC over the last three years.

“I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to David Johnston, Jonathan Jowett and Joanne Cameron whom I’ve worked closely with and every volunteer connected with Darlington Football Club for their help and support during my time with DFC. Also, a thank you to Mike Wilkinson, the Chair of Darlington RFC — we have not always agreed on things but through communication we have improved the overall relationship. The club does however face challenges ahead in terms of ownership and long-term location.

“I have been a fan since the age of 12 and will still be supporting DFC through sponsorship on their journey back to the Football League.”

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