Torquay United Name New Boss
Gary Owers has been announced as the new manager of Torquay United. The club have had a difficult start to their 2017/18 season having played 10 games, and are still searching for their first win. Owers has left his position as manager at Bath City, and will replace Kevin Nicholson who quit the Gulls just 10 days into the season. He will be joined in his role by Assistant Head Coach Martin Kuhl.
Geoff Harrop, United’s General Manager spoke to the club website about his decision to recruit Owers and Kuhl: “It has been important for us to find the individuals who we think can adopt our plan for sustainable success, and can bring the talent, experience and contacts that are key for a club wanting to climb and top the National League. These guys tick all the boxes for us.”
Brabin Rules Himself Out Of Chester Managerial Race
As Chester begin to draw up a shortlist of potential replacements for former manager Jon McCarthy one of the favourites for the job has ruled himself out. Gary Brabin, 46, was a front runner for the vacancy having played for the Cheshire club, and has managerial experience at Southport, Luton and Cambridge. But the former Doncaster midfielder will be staying in his role as first-team scout at Sunderland.
Plenty of managers remain in the hunt for the job at the current 21st placed National League club. Ex-Solihull manager Marcus Bignot is a favourite, while Graham Barrow Shaun Reid and Dino Maamria have also been linked with the vacancy.
Ebbsfleet’s Unbeaten Run Comes To An End
Ebbsfleet were the only unbeaten team in the National league going into Tuesday’s round of fixtures. Despite this they still found themselves in the bottom half of the table, with the teams at the top of the table losing two or even three of their opening games.
Their nine-game unbeaten run was halted by Aldershot who moved up to third in the table, with Ebbsfleet dropping to 19th, just three points above the relegation zone underlining the unpredictability of the National League.
By Molly Hudson