Was it a surprise really? Probably as I think we'd all taken it as read that Steve Staunton was being given the opportunity to build up a team for next season and that the rest of this season was simply being written off.
Such an approach does not lend itself to enjoyable football and the fare presented to fans recently has been some of the poorest seen in decades of watching Darlo.
The game against Barnet was no exception - two poor teams with Darlo doing its utmost to be the worst - and the fact that only 1,463 came to witness this sorry affair seems to have persuaded chairman Singh that this state of affairs simply cannot continue.
Some progress had been made in the signing of some promising youngsters from the local non-league scene and also from Ireland but it is one thing spotting talent, it is quite another to try and get them to do the same for you.
And far too often they didn't. From my vantage point at the back of block 11, I think it is safe to say that Stan cuts a frustrated figure in the technical area - he exhibits an air of nervousness and impatience and this seems to transmit itself to the players.
I think the right decision has been made - if Raj can get the new man in place before the end of the month, there are plenty of games in April for him to size up the squad and start planning for next season.
Let us hope he resists the call for the likes of Kevan Smith and Brian Little - their time has surely passed now - and certainly ignore bizarre 'dream team' duos such as Craig Hignett and Gary Pallister - and finds someone who has actually worked with some recent success in the lower leagues.
Raj needs to get this one right...