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Darlington Football Club manager wins breach of employment contract claim

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The former manager of Darlington Football Club has won an employment tribunal claim for breach of contract over unpaid holidays and unauthorised deductions from his wages.

Simon Davey, 40, managed Blue Square Bet Conference Premier side Darlington for barely two months between April and June this year before he quit citing 'personal reasons'.

Shortly after resigning from the Quakers, Mr Davey joined League Two club Hereford United on a two year deal -- but was sacked in October after winning just one game out of ten.

The fall-out with Darlington centred on a mobile phone bill. "We never disputed that he was owed some holiday entitlement," a club spokesman said.

"But having left the club, Simon Davey ran up a large bill on a club-owned mobile phone in a matter of days which we felt had to be deducted from what he was owed.

"We were working towards an amicable settlement, until Mr Davey insisted on taking the matter to a tribunal. We didn't attend the tribunal as we felt we didn't have a case to answer. "

The club's failure to attend the hearing and present a defence meant that Mr Davey secured what's known as a "default judgement".

Although Manchester employment judge Paul Holmes found in favour of Mr Davey, the Northern Echo reports that he was awarded just £700 -- much less than he had been seeking.

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