Former Torquay United boss Chris Hargreaves - Credit: Pinnacle

Former Gulls manager up for top job at Yeovil Town

Torbay Weekly

Chris Hargreaves, Torquay United’s former manager and promotion winning captain, is favourite to become the new boss of the Gulls’ National League rivals Yeovil Town.

Hargreaves, 50, recently left Bristol Rovers after five years in which he helped to stave off relegation for the first team and then ran their Academy.

He had signalled his intent to return to management, and he’s believed to have been close to getting several jobs, including Oxford City and most recently Woking, where he lost out to Darren Sarll after his switch from Yeovil.

A UEFA Pro Licence coach, Hargreaves made nearly 650 league appearances as a winger or midfielder with his hometown Grimsby, Hull, WBA, Hereford, Plymouth, Northampton, Brentford, Oxford United twice and Torquay.

He skippered the Gulls’ 2009 Conference promotion side, scoring the opening goal in the Play Off Final against Cambridge United at Wembley.

Hargreaves, who lives in Exeter and has also been working as a pundit for BT Sports’ coverage of the National League, was coaching under Eddie Howe at AFC Bournemouth when he was offered the manager’s job at Plainmoor in January 2014, with United struggling at the bottom of League Two.

But after an initial improvement, tightening finances hampered his chances and he eventually left 18 months later after Thea Bristow stepped down and handed the club to a supporters’ consortium.