Date: 1st May 2009 at 12:32pm
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(Q) What are feelings towards the new manager?

(A) Initially I wanted Rochdale’s Kieth Hill and in my ignorance knew very little about Dave Penney. However after some background research and his comments so far, I believe that there’s no reason he shouldn’t succeed here. Welcome to Boundary Park Dave.

(Q) How do you think he will differ from our previous managers?

(A) From what i’ve read on Darlington messageboards and from the one game i’ve seen Darlington play this year, it appears that Dave likes to play attacking football with 2 wingers and good passing central midfielders in a 442 formation. This doesn’t differ greatly from what Shez had in mind but the main difference will be discipline and emphasis on fitness, which given the Belle Vue incident and our form from January onwards, has been apalling.

(Q) Did you want Joe Royle to stay on as manager? Or are you happy we’ve brought in someone new?

(A) I’d of loved big Joe to stay. From an outside perspective it may seem strange given our results but he was sending out the right sounds in pre-match interviews and pinpointed what we needed. However if Joe had stayed I believe he would of only been here for 2 years at the most, therefore it is probably best that a younger man has been given the chance to prove himself and build something. The fact that Joe will maintain an unofficial advisory role is fantastic though, he has a wealth of contacts which could prove integral for DP.

(Q) Are there any players you would like to see DP sign in the summer?

(A) Two lads from Darlington i’d love to see at the club are Jason Kennedy and
Franz Burgmeier. Kennedy is a player with great potential and Burgmeier is a ‘dead ball specialist’.

(Q) Who has been your player of the season?

(A) It’s an extremely hard question for 2 reasons. Initially we were frankly amazing, which would make it very hard to choose between Hughesy, Taylor and Reuben Hazell. The second half of this year has been a disgrace with many players just not turning up to games and seemingly giving up before they’ve kicked a ball, Sean Gregan excluded. Therefore I’d give it Chris Taylor, the guy was explosive the first half and although he was clearly unsettled by January’s transfer speculation he worked hard and is, along with Gregan, the only player who looks like he gives a toss when we lose.

Well thanks to Brian Clemence for giving up your time for this interview.