Paul Cox: Torquay boss finding financial constraints 'difficult'

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Paul Cox
Paul Cox guided Mansfield to the Conference title in 2013

Torquay manager Paul Cox admits it has been "very difficult" trying to find players who fit within the National League club's financial constraints.

Cox, who took the helm at Plainmoor last month after a takeover, has a budget of around half that of his predecessor Chris Hargreaves.

"It's been very difficult," former Mansfield boss Cox told BBC Sport.

"But some of the players we've gone after, we've met personally and I think they've enjoyed what we've had to say."

Cox has made three permanent signings so fair in defender Dan Butler, striker Tyrone Marsh and right-back James Hurst, as well as offering a deal to centre-back Exodus Geohaghon.

"They've got to be right, they've got to be within our price range and they've got to be hungry and have a desire to want to succeed and achieve," he said.

"It's been tough, but I knew that before I took the job on. I'm not complaining it's just something we've got to get on with.

"The world is built on finance and if somebody's got more money to spend, they usually get that better player," admitted Cox.

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