Paul Thomas has been appointed as Darlington’s new Head of Academy.

Thomas, who is currently Head of Youth, will take charge of the Academy and Under-23 team with immediate effect following a tough selection process.

Darlington FC Board Advisor, John Vickerman, said: “It was a very difficult choice. We had some very good candidates all offering excellent skills and experience, and ultimately there was very little to choose between them.

“Paul was very impressive in his interview, and has some excellent ideas. We now anticipate that there will be close integration with our youth set up, academy and Under-23 team, and therefore creating a clear pathway to the first team.”

Thomas said: “I’m happy to accept the role in helping Darlington FC develop its young talent. I’m looking forward to working with everyone concerned.”

The club says it would like to thank Alan White for his outstanding service as Assistant Manager and acting Academy head coach, and wish him well for the future.


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