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The Ball Boy
Oct 24, 2003
From BBC Online - www.bbc.co.uk/football

Hodgson returns to Darlington

Division Three side Darlington have named former boss David Hodgson as their new manager.

Quakers' chairman George Reynolds announced on Wednesday that he was hoping to persuade Hodgson, who has had two spells in charge of the club, to take over once again.

Hodgson said he would return but only on his terms, and those were that current manager Mick Tait be offered a role within the club, and that Reynolds take a back seat and not involve himself in footballing matters.

Tait will become youth developnment officer with former Quakers captain Martin Gray assisting Hodgson with first-team matters, report BBC Radio Cleveland.

Reynolds admitted the time was right for Hodgson to step back into the hotseat at the Third Division strugglers.

"It has been over three years since David Hodgson left the club and many things have changed during that time," said Reynolds.

"We know football related affairs have not developed to the standard required to progress us to higher divisions of the League.

"We now appreciate that it is in the best interests of the club to try to convince David to return to the club to take control of the on-field activities.

"When David Hodgson was manager of the club his popularity with the supporters was second to none.

"We hope, in the event of his return, he can achieve the same success with the club as he did during his previous reign."

Hodgson's first spell at Darlington in 1995 lasted just four months but during that time he laid the foundations for a promotion challenge that ended in the play-offs with Jim Platt in charge.

Hodgson then returned following Platt's departure in November, 1996 and spent four more seasons at Feethams, culminating in a play-off final place at Wembley in May, 2000.