Kevin Nicholson: Torquay United boss to keep faith with squad

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Kevin Nicholson
Kevin Nicholson won promotion to the Football League with Torquay in 2009 and twice reached the League Two play-offs with the club

New Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson says he will keep faith with the current squad of players.

Nicholson took over on Monday with the club in the National League relegation places and without a win in 10 games.

"We've got a squad of lads here already that have a huge amount of ability. I'm going to give them a chance," the 34-year-old told BBC Sport.

"There's no pre-judgement of what they've done, it's all about preparing for Aldershot on Saturday."

Meanwhile, John Ramshaw, assistant to Nicholson's predecessor Paul Cox and briefly caretaker manager, has left the club.

Torquay lost their last three matches, including a 7-3 home defeat by Bromley earlier this month - the club's worst result at Plainmoor for almost 20 years.

It follows a difficult summer for the club following the departure of Torquay's former millionaire owner Thea Bristow and a new consortium taking over and being forced to cut costs.

"I think I've got some good players in there and I want to give them the chance to lift the weight off their shoulders and let them go and show these fans what they can do," said Nicholson, who played 312 times for the Gulls in a seven-year playing career.

"From now on it's just positive, you're not going to hear any excuses from me ever.

"You're not going to hear me talk about a budget, ever. You're not going to hear me moaning about the weather or the referee or any of that stuff.

"It's a no-excuse environment here and it is all about getting the players doing what they're going to do well, that really is all I'm bothered about."

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