Darlington owner Raj Singh has angrily refuted rumours former chairman George Houghton is still working behind the scenes at the Darlington Arena.
Singh, who completed his takeover from Houghton in the summer after the club had fallen into administration for the second time in five years, has attempted to put an end to the gossip he claims is threatening to scupper the Quakers' progress.
Singh said in Saturday's programme notes: "I'm sick and tired of hearing rumours that George Houghton is still involved in this football club and that this is keeping a lot of fans away. It's also upsetting to hear stories that I'm working alongside Mr Houghton and that I'm only in this for the development of the land."
He added: "I will say it again, this football club and the development land are not the gold mine that some people think it is. It's not possible for anyone who owns the club to make any kind of profit whatsoever."
"I've said from day one I'll stay as long as the fans want me to, as it was their support last season and during the summer which is one of the main factors in me being here in the first place.
"But there seems to be a cancer on this club which keeps dragging it down, regardless of what happens on the pitch and the club will not be able to move on unless this problem is removed."
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