Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cooper Is the New Quakers Manager

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cooper Is the New Quakers Manager

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DARLINGTON are set to unveil former Peterborough boss Mark Cooper as their fifth manager in 16 months this afternoon after Ryan Kidd's shock resignation, writes MARK DOUGLAS. On another day of high drama and farce at the Arena, Kidd handed in his notice after just ten days in charge of the Quakers.

The club will issue a statement this afternoon confirming his departure and also announcing the appointment of Cooper. Days after signing a two-year deal to take over and assuring supporters he was in it for the long-term, Kidd told chairman Raj Singh he was having second thoughts because of his inability to appoint a number two and because he had hit a brick wall when trying to sign new players.

After working as Simon Davey's assistant at both Barnsley and Darlington, Kidd had spoken of his desire to make the step up to a managerial position - but the 38-year-old found it much tougher than he had anticipated.

There was also speculation Singh's incendiary statement on Friday night, which savaged former boss Davey and Hereford United for the way his departure was handled, might have had a bearing on Kidd's decision.

Although there will be consternation at Darlington that they have been let down by another managerial appointment, Kidd at least dealt with Singh face-to-face - and if he was having doubts about his ability the club are better served by him vacating his post now rather than midway through the season.

Whatever the real reasons behind his resignation, the Quakers will surely consider themselves fortunate to be able to call on a man of Cooper's extensive nonleague experience to replace him.

The 41-year-old, who played for Birmingham City and Bristol City during a long playing career, lasted only 12 games as Peterborough manager last season.

Before then he had built up a stellar reputation at Kettering Town, where he guided them out of Conference North and helped them to the fourth round of the FA Cup in 2009.

Renowned as one of the most progressive coaches in the non-league game, he was interviewed by Darlington before they opted for Davey and should be able to hit the ground running at the Arena. …

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