Darlington manager Alun Armstrong has given his public backing to the club’s stance over whether to continue the current season.

National League North Darlo are one of the clubs unwilling to place themselves into debt to carry on a season without further financial support.

Armstrong told the club’s website as part of an in-depth update: “I fully support what the board and the club have decided about voting for the National League North season to be declared null and void. Obviously, we all want to play football and continue the league season, but the club’s long-term future must come first.

“It is a shame, as we have won 12 and drawn one of our 20 league, FA Cup and FA Trophy games so far and have a current win ratio of 60% in all competitions, with 32 games still to play (31 in the league and at least one in the FA Trophy), which is madness considering it’s mid-February. That only leaves 14 weeks to get them all in, which is nigh on impossible.

“We were heading for a very exciting season but the fans have already been to hell and back more than once and there’s no way I want that to happen again. The fans have dragged this club back from the brink with their own money, not money from some rich benefactor but money from people who sacrifice things within their own personal life to financially support their football club.

“That alongside the amount of volunteer work that has gone into getting us where we are since 2012 is phenomenal. Therefore, it’s not something that the club should be risking.

“Furthermore, why any club would want to take out a six-figure loan for the next ten years for just over three months of football is financial suicide in my eyes.”

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