Steve Staunton faces the dole queue once again today after another in a series of sackings, dismissals call it what you want. Darlington, bottom of the Football league have decided to dispense with Stan after losing at home in front of a record low crowd, it seems the very fans who welcomed him as we convered before on balls.ie, deserted him so readily in recent weeks.
Usually the affairs of the Darlington manager don't make headlines but Staunton is a news-story all of his own and after failing to hold onto jobs at Walsall, Leeds, Villa, Wolves, Ireland and now Darlington, it'll be interesting to see if he can drop any lower into the managerial doldrums.
Many will wonder who's to blame and whether it was a media witch-hunt or if it was Stauntons record of four wins in 23 league games for Darlington, losing 17 and drawing two but we here at Balls.ie have uncovered what seems to be the main reason for the decision by Raj Singh, the chairman at Darlington. Raj like many businessman reads many newspapers, none more so than the New York Times, the so called Newspaper of Record which in our view had no small part to play in Steve Staunton's demise.
A quick search of their archives shows that there was an unhealthy obsession with Stan at the Manhattan based publication, and worse still, they deemed the sacking of a fourth tier manager in England part of "all the news that's fit to print" - here