Torquay United: Boss Hargreaves wants chance to bring success

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Chris Hargreaves
Chris Hargreaves' side are 17th in the Conference, 10 points off the relegation zone

Torquay United manager Chris Hargreaves wants to be given the chance to turn the financially-struggling club around.

Hargreaves, who is in his first full season at Plainmoor, oversaw the Gulls' on Tuesday in the 5-1 loss to Braintree.

"I want to be given the chance to do what I think I can at the club.

"I've been hamstrung from day one, that's not anyone's fault. I arrived at the club at a time where that was the circumstance," he told BBC Sport.

Millionaire chairman Thea Bristow, whose family have bankrolled the club for the best part of a decade, is

The financial constraints have frustrated the Gulls boss, who took over in January last year, and failed to stop the club from being relegated from the Football League.

But Hargreaves's side have won just one league game in 2015 and have lost five of their last six matches, conceding 12 goals in the process and scoring just twice.

It has led to some sections of the club's supporters calling for the former Torquay captain to leave his role as manager.

Torquay United's league form in 2015

"I can't abandon the players I've got because they're all I've got and I'm all they've got," Hargreaves said.

"We have to stick together as a group, and we will do. You're a stronger man if you do that and that's the way I am.

"As far as I'm concerned I'm doing a job and I've signed a contract that I'm going to see out."

Hargreaves after the Braintree loss, which was the worst home defeat since they lost 8-1 to Scunthorpe in October 1995.

"It wasn't a teacup-smashing session, it was some home truths about whether individuals are doing enough on and off the pitch to be a winner," Hargreaves said.

"We all came out of the meeting knowing there had to be more done by certain individuals and as a group.

"Everyone needs to do more on and off the pitch because, as far as I was concerned, it was unacceptable."

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