Armstrong admits 5-0 defeat was his lowest point

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Darlington manager Alun Armstrong
Darlington manager Alun Armstrong

After what he admits has been his lowest point as a manager, Alun Armstrong confessed he considered resigning in the wake of Darlington’s 5-0 defeat last weekend.

Quakers, 12th in the table, were humbled by bottom-of-the-table AFC Telford United, who had not won since October.

But Armstrong believes he has the full support of the club’s hierarchy and he does not want to leave the Blackwell Meadows club.

“I thought about it and spoke to the chairman about it, and the board are 100 per cent behind me, there’s no way they want me to go. Looking at where the club was before I came to now, they’re pleased with what I’m doing.

“But it affects your personal life. I don’t just come home after a game and switch off, it’s torture until I get to see the lads again on a Tuesday. Them three days are tough, I’m miserable, the kids and the Mrs get it in the neck.

“It’s not great and last weekend was probably the lowest I’ve ever been in my managerial career.

“I did think about resigning, but the board said they were fully behind me and supportive.

“I’ve never been one to quit, I’ve had loads of tough days and you get through it, it’s about how you bounce back.”

A lack of consistency has hampered Darlington all season, and Armstrong added: “My five years as a manager, we’ve always had good runs. We’ll have a few wins, then a couple of defeats, and then another good run.

“I’ve never had this before where we’re so up and down from week to week, and then at Telford it happened during the actual game: decent first half, then absolutely atrocious second half.”

Tomorrow, Darlington are at home to Kettering when there will be changes in personnel and formation, with Tyrone O’Neill coming into the starting XI.

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