Paul Sturrock leaves Torquay United role after four days

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Paul Sturrock
Paul Sturrock had not been involved with a club since he was sacked by Southend in March 2013

Paul Sturrock has left his role as an advisor to Conference side Torquay United after just four days in the job.

The former Plymouth boss, 58, but has left after being offered a permanent role elsewhere.

Sturrock refused to discuss who he is joining when contacted by BBC Sport.

His exit is not the quickest someone has left a role at Plainmoor - Leroy Rosenior was sacked 10 minutes after being appointed as manager in 2007.

Rosenior left shortly after the club was taken over by a new consortium.

Torquay's turbulent 12 months
April 2014: Relegated from the Football League after finishing bottom of League Two
September 2014: Go second in the Conference after a 10-game unbeaten run which included six successive wins
October 2014: Fail to make the FA Cup first round for the first time in club history after a 2-0 loss at Aldershot in the fourth qualifying round
December 2014: Begin a run of one win in 12 league games
January 2015: Bring in former Oxford chairman Kelvin Thomas to try and find a buyer for the club
March 2014: Reserve goalkeeper Jordan Seabright quits to become a car salesman
March 2014: Millionaire chairwoman Thea Bristow leaves the club

The Torquay board still hope to try and bring in some else to support manager Chris Hargreaves.

"I am very disappointed but we wish Paul the very best of luck in his new job," said Torquay United vice-chairman Bill Phillips in a statement.

"We still believe in the principle of someone to work with Chris and to provide an additional sounding board for ideas, both tactically and in terms of recruitment. I also genuinely believe Chris endorses that view.

"Paul Sturrock fitted the bill because he lives locally but I wish him well in his new job. Events can take over the best laid plans but we have to find someone comparable with Paul.

"The principle is there and now it's finding the right person. The basis of the idea is to do everything we can to help Chris achieve great success as the manager of Torquay United."