Torquay United have sacked their manager Gary Owers following a disappointing start to the season.

The Gulls boss has been in charge at Plainmoor for a year.

In that time club was relegated from the National League.

At the weekend the club lost one nil at home to Chippenham - leaving them 14th in National League South.

Chairman Clarke Osborne posted this announcement on the club's website.

We have discussed our status at length with Gary and examined recent performances in depth. As a result, we have together concluded that the first team needs a change of manager if we are to get back on track and winning ways.

Clarke Osborne, Chairman

Commenting on the decision Gary Owers says he leaves the club with huge regret having not had the success they'd planned for.

Our lack of goals and strong performances do not reflect the quality of the team, its preparation and training. As Clarke has said, there are sometimes circumstances that drain confidence.

Gary Owers