TORQUAY UNITED appoint Gary Johnson as new boss

Torquay United Football Club crestAmbitious Torquay United have appointed Gary Johnson as the manager to lead them straight back to the National League top flight - and the Football League.
The 62-year-old former Cheltenham Town, Bristol City, Yeovil Town and Latvian national boss will bring a wealth of experience to the helm at Torquay.
Johnson - who famously led Yeovil into the Football League from non-League in 2003 - assumes his new role immediately.
His first match in charge will be at Hungerford Town on Saturday.
Johnson says: 
“It has been a crazy 36 hours in meeting Clarke Osborne and his team, understanding the club, understanding his ambition and resource and seeing the determination to succeed.
“I have been really impressed with the plans to equip Torquay United with the facilities and finance to challenge in the Football League and I believe I can lead the club back to League Two and beyond. It is for these reasons that I have chosen to take up this challenge.
“It’s not going to be easy but a strong professional organisation and determined, resourceful owners provide the tools to succeed.
“I am really looking forward, to meeting everyone and to this challenge. There is much work to be done.”
United chairman Clarke Osborne said: “We have worked hard and at a pace to find a coach able and motivated to find that winning formula and take this club to promotion.
"I am delighted to announce we have been able to attract someone of Gary Johnson’s proven ability and clear determination.
“Equally as important, I believe that Gary Johnson will add further to the excellent work of building our football infrastructure and youth programme.
“Gary will be meeting the players and staff at the club this morning and I am sure will be hard at work by lunchtime.
“I know that everyone is going to give him a warm welcome to Torquay United.”
Johnson takes over with United 14th in National League South following a 1-0 home defeat by Chippenham Town last Saturday, Gary Owers' last game in charge of the free-falling Gulls.
Johnson's son is Bristol City boss Lee Johnson.


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