Torquay United have confirmed that Chris Hargreaves has been appointed their first team manager. He’ll replace Alan Knill who was sacked last week. Hargreaves had also been interviewed by Northampton Town. He’ll be joined on the coaching staff by former Torquay player Lee Hodges.
United chairwoman Thea Bristow said on their official site:-
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 have been inundated with applications from across the football world, and thank-you to all those interested in the position, but once the decision was made for a change of direction, Chris was always our first choice.
He was very impressive in the interview and I am delighted to have both Chris and Lee Hodges back at Plainmoor.
We now have a vibrant and ambitious management team to take us forward to the next stage in our development as a club, and we are all excited for the future.
Hargreaves career started his footballing career in 1989 with Grimsby Town, and after them he played for a number of clubs; Grimsby Town, Scarborough (loan), Hull City, West Bromwich Albion, Hereford United (loan), Hereford United, Plymouth Argyle, Northampton Town, Brentford, Oxford United, Torquay United, and back to Oxford United.
He’ll be leaving his position as coach at AFC Bournemouth to take up this position, his first as team manager.
He has also written an autobiography, “Where’s Your Caravan?” which was published in August 2011