torquay united fc logoMartin Ling believes he has placed the most important piece of his Torquay United rebuilding "jigsaw" by securing the services of former Swindon Town team-mate Shaun Taylor as his new assistant manager at Plainmoor.

New Gulls boss Ling said: "It is vital to me to get the right right-hand man in and with Shaun's south west background and the fact we were team-mates at Swindon for five years and have remained in contact, I am delighted that he is going to be my assistant.

"Now I am really looking forward to moving forward.

"When you are a manager, your assistant is the most important appointment you make, a crucial part of the jigsaw."

Plymouth-born Taylor, 48, has most recently been youth team coach at Exeter City, where he began his Football League career as a central defender in 1986 as a 23-year-old after playing for St Blazey and Bideford. He went on to play for Swindon and finished his playing career in 2000 after four years at Bristol City. Taylor's younger brother Craig, 37, also played for Exeter and Swindon as a central defender before a five-year spell and 123 League appearances for Torquay between 2003 and 2007.

Ling has made no secret of his desire to tempt former Torquay United playmaker Alex Russell back to Plainmoor as player-coach.

Russell - who signed for Yeovil Town in January - has also been offered a new deal by the League One Glovers.



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