New deal for promotion-winning Johnson at Torquay

TUFC new logoTorquay United's record breaking promotion-winning manager Gary Johnson has signed a new contract to extend his stay at Plainmoor.

Johnson reinvigorated a side languishing in mid-table following his September appointment and oversaw an astonishing turnaround that eventually saw the yellows win National League South by 10 points.

"I'm delighted that we could get this sorted pretty quickly and in time for the new season," said Torquay United chief executive officer George Edwards.

"Last season was an exciting journey, becoming champions with three games to go from the position the club was in is an exceptional achievement and we can now look forward to achieving our ambition of League Two football and beyond.”

"The new deal was a no-brainer for me," said Johnson. "I have really enjoyed my time here. I just thought it was a natural thing to do because I've got no thoughts of going anywhere, doing anything else, because I've enjoyed what's been happening to the football club, and I'm pleased to be a part of it."

With the support of the chairman Clarke Osborne, CEO George Edwards, and club director Mel Hayman, Johnson feels the club is in great shape to move forward.

"I've seen lots of improvements - the training ground looks fantastic at the moment. When I brought in the new players they were impressed with our facilities. The work that people have done to improve the club, and tidy it up, has been tremendous. It's credit to George, it's credit to Mel Hayman, and obviously Clarke, because there is finance that you don't always actually see that is going into the football club. We've got to get an improvement as much as we can off the field, and we've got to get an improvement as much as we can on the field. I like working with people that see it that way as well.

"Once you get the momentum forward, that's the time to really push on, keep it going. I think we've got the right people on our 'bus'."


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