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Torquay United manager sacked

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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.

We are very grateful to Gary for his commitment and hard work over 12 months and 47 games and I believe that he will find success in his next Club. It is the nature of football management that sometimes a perfect strategy does not work, for reasons which are not clear but are a set of circumstances which together conspire to deny a team the goals that, bring the confidence, make the wins and reward supporters.

We are working hard on securing a new manager and are confident that we will be able to make an announcement shortly.

– Clarke Osborne, Chairman

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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.

I know that the team are absolutely committed to the Club and desperately want to succeed and naturally I believe that with time they can find the results, restore confidence and climb towards the top of the league. But I recognise that this ambitious Club cannot wait and need to look at an alternative direction.

I am grateful for the support I have received at all levels and have really enjoyed my time at Torquay United. I wish everyone connected from the Chairman to supporters, success on and off the field and look forward to seeing the Club in the National League next season.

– Gary Owers