Breaking: Darlington leaves role as TNS coach
Influential first team coach Carl Darlington has left The New Saints, it has been announced today.
The ex-Wrexham first team caretaker manager and current head of coach education with the Welsh Football Trust has left Champions TNS after two spells as part of Craig Harrison’s backroom staff.
Thank you to everyone @tnsfc & the best of luck for the future
The club is in its strongest position as I leave looking for a new challenge https://t.co/OIuwyIb5IQ
— Carl Darlington (@CarlDarlington) May 3, 2017
Darlington returned to TNS having left for Wrexham AFC in December 2014, re-joining the Oswestry club to help develop the club’s objective to dominate the Welsh football scene and compete in Europe.
In his second term at Park Hall, Darlington won 10 trophies with TNS. was involved in four consecutive Champions League qualifying campaigns and most recently helped guide the club to its record breaking run of 27 consecutive victories.
He told the club’s official website:
“On my return, TNS was a fresh challenge in itself, as I knew I could make a difference to the team and club. Following my return, we as a management team have taken TNS to new levels this season by breaking domestic and world records, winning the league by 27 points; scoring over 101 goals in 32 games and creating a new World Record with 27 consecutive wins.’
“Over the past 4 seasons TNS have won 10 out of 12 trophies, which is a credit to Craig Harrison as the manager and also support given by the Board. I feel I’m leaving TNS in the strongest position the club have been in for years.’
“I’m leaving the club as a free agent and will be looking to seek a new challenge in order to develop myself further. This decision was extremely hard as everyone wants to be successful and consecutively win honours. This is exactly what I had at TNS that has been designed over many years. I know that leaving the club, I will always be part of this history and I’m very proud of my personal achievements at the club.”
Darlington is yet to join a new club, with the Welsh Premier League, Conference and Football League all possible destinations for a coach with his pedigree.
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