Gary Johnson Manager of Torquay United looks on with Chris Todd during the National League Semi Final Play Off match between Torquay United and Notts County at Plainmoor Torquay, Devon on Saturday 12th June 2021 - PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Chris Todd leaves youth roles at Torquay United

Dave Thomas

Torquay United are looking for a new Head Of Youth after the news that Chris Todd has decided to leave both his two current jobs, with the Gulls and as head of the Pro:Direct Academy based at South Devon College.

It had emerged in the last 24 hours that Todd, 40, had decided to leave his College roles this summer - he has also been a coach to the English Colleges FA senior team - to pursue a new job in professional football.

There is already speculation that he might link up with his old Plainmoor promotion-winning captain Chris Hargreaves, who recently took over as manager at United's National League rivals Yeovil Town.

It was only six weeks ago that Todd completed a memorable season in which his Gulls Under-18 side won a treble of the South West Counties League and Cup and the Devon Youth Cup, with his SDC side also lifting the ECFA Senior Men's Championship.

United are shortly expected to announce first pro contracts to two of Todd's U18 squad, although he had admitted his disappointment that highly-rated goalkeeper Matt Wonnacott had turned down a similar deal to join Championship club Wigan Athletic.

"I thank Torquay and the Gaffer (Gary Johnson) for everything," said Swansea-born Todd, who took on the Plainmoor post in 2019 after spells in management at Eastleigh and Gloucester City.

"It's been a great experience, and I have loved every minute of it, but opportunities come about and you have to make these calls.

"Torquay will always have a place in my heart, and that will never change."

As a player, Todd played 451 senior games as a centre-half, scoring 37 goals, for Swansea City, Exeter City, Torquay, Salisbury City, Newport County, Eastleigh and Truro City.

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