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Torquay United announce Chris Hargreaves as new manager

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League Two strugglers Torquay United have appointed former player Chris Hargreaves as their new manager.

The Board of Directors moved swiftly to replace Alan Knill, who left the club last Thursday, and the choice is Hargreaves, who was a fan favourite during his spell as a player at the club.

Hargreaves will be joined by another former United midfielder in Lee Hodges, who spent two years at TQ1 between 2008 and 2010, who joins as part of the coaching team.

United chairwoman Thea Bristow said, ‘’Chris has started work already and we are thrilled to have a new manager in place for the challenges ahead over the second half of the season."

‘’We have been inundated with applications from across the football world, and thank-you to all those interested in the position, but once the decision was made for a change of direction, Chris was always our first choice."

‘’He was very impressive in the interview and I am delighted to have both Chris and Lee Hodges back at Plainmoor."

‘’We now have a vibrant and ambitious management team to take us forward to the next stage in our development as a club, and we are all excited for the future.’’

Hargreaves began his football life as a trainee at Everton before returning to his hometown club of Grimsby, where he turned professional in 1989.

A brief loan spell with Scarborough preceded a switch to Hull, which was followed by moves to West Brom, Hereford, and Northampton amongst others, before joining Torquay in 2007.

Hargreaves was instrumental in guiding the side back to the Football League, and was one of the heroes of their play-off win over Cambridge in 2009, scoring the opening goal at Wembley.

 

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