New boss Martin Ling sets sights high at Torquay United

Martin Ling
Ling is now searching for a number two at Plainmoor

Torquay United's new boss Martin Ling says he still has a lot to prove as he takes up the reins at Plainmoor.

The 44-year-old, who has also managed Leyton Orient, joins the Gulls having been out of work since being sacked by Cambridge United in March.

He told BBC Spotlight: "It's nice to be back as a League manager as there's still things I need to prove to people.

"The tenure at Cambridge didn't go as well as expected, some things didn't quite fit into place."

Ling inherits a Gulls side who ended the campaign with a trip to Old Trafford for the League Two play-off final against Stevenage, a match which ended in defeat although that has done little to dampen expectations of promotion amongst the club's fan base.

"I'm not going to stand here and say that we're going for the play-offs and promotion," said Ling.

"I'll say that we'll go through this transitional year, look to take the club forward but also they got to the play-offs last year and there's some good players here.

"I've only seen Torquay play once and that was in the play-off final where they didn't play to their full potential."

Ling's predecessor at Plainmoor, Paul Buckle, enjoyed a prosperous four years whilst in the top job, the highlight of his reign being steering the Gulls back into the Football League in 2009.

"I know Paul Buckle's ethos on the game," said Ling. "I know that they want to pass the ball to win games of football and my ethos is exactly the same.

"My ethos is to pass the football but you've got to be able to win games so a long pass is not always a bad pass.

"We are actively looking for an assistant manager now. Paul Bodin is one of the people we're looking at but there's certain other fingers in the pie so it's a long way from being a done deal."

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