"No excuses" for Torquay tonight

We interview Torquay manager Chris Hargreaves ahead of their League Two clash with Burton. He told us the Gulls had "no excuses"

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New Torquay manager

Torquay United have revealed that Chris Hargreaves is the new manager at Plainmoor.

He replaces Alan Knill, who left the club last week.

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 now have a vibrant and ambitious management team to take us forward.

– Thea Bristow, Torquay United Chairwoman

Torquay sack Alan Knill

Torquay have sacked their manager Alan Knill Credit: PA Wire

Torquay Utd have sacked their manager Alan Knill.

The club issued the following statement this lunchtime confirming their decision.

"It is with great regret that Torquay United can announce we have terminated the contract of manager Alan Knill.

The first half of this season has not gone as we all hoped and the Board at Plainmoor believe now is the right time for a change.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Alan for all his hard work at our club and especially his success in helping us stay in League 2 at the end of last season. We all wish him the very best in his future career.

The search for a new manager begins immediately but, in the meantime, our head of youth Geoff Harrop will take the team for Saturday’s game with Morecambe at Plainmoor.

No further comment will be made at this time."

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Torquay United to play Portsmouth in JPT

Ties to be played in the first week of September.

Torquay United have been drawn at home to Portsmouth in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The fallen giants, who were FA Cup winners in 2008, now find themselves playing in League Two after several seasons of financial turmoil.

Exeter City also have a home tie against Wycombe Wanderers, while Plymouth Argyle will travel up the M5 to play Cheltenham Town.

The games will be played in the first week of September.

Torquay United looking for financial backer

Plainmoor, Torquay United's ground. Credit: Torquay United FC

Torquay United needs a new financial backer.

The club is appealing for what is calls 'new blood' to join the Board.

The Bristow family has long been the key financial backers at Plainmoor but says new help would be 'very welcome'.

Club Chairwoman Thea Bristow said; "I am not a bottomless pit of money and we would love to attract some new investment at Board level. Allied to that, the injection of new ideas and innovations on a strategic basis can only be beneficial to the football club."

"I would also like to stress at this point that every single member of our Board has made a huge commitment to the club, both fiscal and in terms of their expertise. We are proud of the way we work as a team and any new member would be joining a very loyal and dedicated group of people."

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