We interview Torquay manager Chris Hargreaves ahead of their League Two clash with Burton. He told us the Gulls had "no excuses"
Former Torquay captain Chris Hargreaves says he can't work miracles but he will give it his best shot as the club's new manager.
Torquay United's players have been spending some time with the club's young supporters this week.
Torquay United have revealed that Chris Hargreaves is the new manager at Plainmoor.
He replaces Alan Knill, who left the club last week.
– Thea Bristow, Torquay United Chairwoman
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.
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."
Yeovil Town are looking to end a run of five Championship games without a win when they entertain Watford at Huish Park today.
The Glovers are second from bottom of the table after two heavy defeats over Christmas.
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 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."
Torquay United's new midfielder Ben Harding talks about the three P's - positivity, play-offs and promotion ahead of the new football season which kicks-off on Saturday:
Torquay United only just avoided relegation from League Two on the very last day of last season.
Now there's renewed optimism that this campaign will be an improvement.
Chris Spittles reports:
Torquay United manager Alan Knill and his players mingled with supporters at the club's annual open day at Plainmoor.
Knill expressed his belief that this campaign will be an improvement on the last, when the Gulls narrowly avoided relegation:
Alan Knill has been formally confirmed as Torquay United's new manager at his first official news conference at Plainmoor.
The former Bury manager helped keep Torquay in League Two during a nine week temporary spell in charge at the end of the season .