Chris Hargreaves

Chris Hargreaves was confirmed as the new manager of Torquay United on January 7, 2014.

Born in Lincolnshire, Hargreaves began his football life as a trainee at Everton before returning to his hometown club of Grimsby, where he turned professional in 1989.

A brief loan spell with Scarborough preceded a switch to Hull and Chris would remain a Tiger until West Bromwich Albion signed the energetic midfielder in 1995. However, opportunities at the Hawthorns would be limited and a loan move to Hereford soon turned permanent.

His next stop was down the road at Plymouth Argyle and he would spend two years with the Pilgrims before moving to Northampton, where he earned the reputation as a club legend in four years with the Cobblers.

At the age of 32, a fabulous career still had a long way to run, as Chris notched up a season at Brentford and two years with Oxford, but the next move, in 2007, would be the start of his Yellow love affair.

When Chris signed for the Gulls, we were a club in the doldrums. Relegated to the Conference and with just four players under contract, a new consortium took charge and appointed Paul Buckle as the manager to guide us back to the Football League.

Bucks quickly acquired Hargreaves as his midfield linchpin and it proved to be an inspired move. Chris would become a massive figure at Plainmoor, steering us back to League 2 with his dominant performances in the engine room.

He was, of course, one of the heroes of our play-off win over Cambridge in 2009, scoring the opening goal on that memorable day at Wembley. A proud playing career came to an end with a brief stint back at Oxford, where he also won promotion.

Since then, Chris has had a book published, opened a sports shop, worked extensively in the media, collected various coaching badges and, most recently, he has been first-team coach at AFC Bournemouth. Source: Torquay United

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