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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:52 am 
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Interview is on Page 5.

I can't link to it online, but basically my reading of it is that MG thinks Darlington are only where they are today due to him and everyone should be grateful to him as he is a saint.

No mention of huge crowds, bigger than average budgets, fantastic fundraising by the fans.

In fact no recognition of work of fans or anyone else in the rise back of Darlington.

He comes across as an egotistical, self centred individual who has a huge chip on his shoulder re the seat scenario last summer.

I can understand why some (including players) are glad he has gone

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There's been lots of stuff written on here about Gray.

In my opinion the best and most measured post to date has been written by “DFCGH” - he wrote ...

"I think Gray did care about the club when he first took on the role. He was in it for all the right reasons. Quick progress and achievements on the pitch led to him being seen by others as one of the best managers in non league, his ego grew and he became completely blinded by his own ego and ruthless ambition to get himself as high up the pyramid as he can regardless of who he screws over on the way"

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I’ve heard he was looking to leave at the end of last season but there were no offers on the table at that point. Just a shame he didn’t go then, then he would have left without as much animosity as there is now.
Suppose in football it’s easier to get a job when you are in one.

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No one can deny he produced results on the pitch, but his lack of acknowledgement of anything done by all the volunteers grated with me

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theoriginalfatcat wrote:
There's been lots of stuff written on here about Gray.

In my opinion the best and most measured post to date has been written by “DFCGH” - he wrote ...

"I think Gray did care about the club when he first took on the role. He was in it for all the right reasons. Quick progress and achievements on the pitch led to him being seen by others as one of the best managers in non league, his ego grew and he became completely blinded by his own ego and ruthless ambition to get himself as high up the pyramid as he can regardless of who he screws over on the way"


I agree with this view. Gray out grew the club in terms of ambition and the club's immediate position to provide this. I was pro-Gray but the more that comes out now that he has left and his interviews away from DFC my opinion has changed. His achievements will still be appreciated and all in all he has left the club in a reasonable position, however the terms on how he has left are bitter and sour. Another difficulty, with him leaving and as we have found out, is all the interwoven outside links he helped to provide some of our foundations with (MGFA) and insistence on a reserve team (that does what may I ask?).

Now that MG has gone I hope this is an opportunity to clean things up a bit, take a step back and take stock of what we have now and how we keep the progress going. Getting the infrastructure and seating extension completed will help in the long run but maybe this season might just temper on field expectations for once.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:10 pm 
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spen666 wrote:
No one can deny he produced results on the pitch, but his lack of acknowledgement of anything done by all the volunteers grated with me


Depends what questions he was asked during the interview. As you haven't posted it we are completely dependent on your interpretation.

Also, who starts a new job and says that their previous achievements were really down to other people and that they had a load of money to spend so it was easy? Get real please.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:28 pm 
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Someone with a bit of integrity?


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real_darlo_85 wrote:
theoriginalfatcat wrote:
There's been lots of stuff written on here about Gray.

In my opinion the best and most measured post to date has been written by “DFCGH” - he wrote ...

"I think Gray did care about the club when he first took on the role. He was in it for all the right reasons. Quick progress and achievements on the pitch led to him being seen by others as one of the best managers in non league, his ego grew and he became completely blinded by his own ego and ruthless ambition to get himself as high up the pyramid as he can regardless of who he screws over on the way"


I agree with this view. Gray out grew the club in terms of ambition and the club's immediate position to provide this. I was pro-Gray but the more that comes out now that he has left and his interviews away from DFC my opinion has changed. His achievements will still be appreciated and all in all he has left the club in a reasonable position, however the terms on how he has left are bitter and sour. Another difficulty, with him leaving and as we have found out, is all the interwoven outside links he helped to provide some of our foundations with (MGFA) and insistence on a reserve team (that does what may I ask?).

Now that MG has gone I hope this is an opportunity to clean things up a bit, take a step back and take stock of what we have now and how we keep the progress going. Getting the infrastructure and seating extension completed will help in the long run but maybe this season might just temper on field expectations for once.

Regards your question about the Reserves see below from last Friday's Netcafe.
"(Background) The previous Manager stated a couple of years ago that he wanted amongst other things, a Reserve Team to help take the Club forward. It seems clear that for the foreseeable future Reserve Team players are unlikely to be challenging for a place in the First Team, based on the current level at which they play. It is accepted the Reserve Team can also be used for First Team players recovering from injury, but players going out on loan is another possible cheaper way of achieving this also.

(Question) Following the recent change in management does Darlington FC intend continuing with a Reserve Team? If yes please explain how this benefits Darlington FC now and in the future, and in particular the First Team. When is it envisaged any Reserve Team players may make the breakthrough to the First Team.
(Answer) Yes, we remain committed to our Reserve team and we have 2 individuals who we believe can progress to the First team in the next 2 seasons.


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In terms of Grays insistence of a reserve team, is anyone thinking what I'm thinking? In that having a reserve team he could have used players from the MGFA as and when to see if any players could cut it. Again lines were blurred and Gray has done well out of the last 5 years though I appreciate he has put a lot of work in!

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spen666 wrote:
Interview is on Page 5.

I can't link to it online, but basically my reading of it is that MG thinks Darlington are only where they are today due to him and everyone should be grateful to him as he is a saint.

No mention of huge crowds, bigger than average budgets, fantastic fundraising by the fans.

In fact no recognition of work of fans or anyone else in the rise back of Darlington.

He comes across as an egotistical, self centred individual who has a huge chip on his shoulder re the seat scenario last summer.

I can understand why some (including players) are glad he has gone
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Shame he didn't go in pre season, i agree. Would've given whoever is new the chance to mould the team in a way they would want. Very hard to do that in the middle of the season. Think we need to be patient with whoever comes in for this very reason.


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To be fair he sounds reasonable gratuitous saying that he will always look out for darlo results at 5PM on a Saturday afternoon. He does say that they did a lot of work and it was hard work but he's not going to say it was easy.

I get more annoyed when he makes reference to our structure being wrong as if that is the fans fault in someway - he didn't do that in the article from what I could make out.


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