Robbie Herrera: Torquay United assistant boss ready for challenge

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Robbie Herrera
Robbie Herrera played 130 games for Torquay United in two spells at either end of his career

Torquay United's new assistant manager Robbie Herrera is under no illusions as to how difficult his job will be.

The 45-year-old has been appointed to work alongside new player-boss Kevin Nicholson and starts next week.

Torquay are in the relegation zone in the National League, but have taken four points from the last six games as Nicholson establishes himself.

"It's going to be a difficult job with lots of hours and lots of hard work, but I'm prepared to do that," he said.

"Kevin's still playing himself so he was looking for someone on the sidelines to dictate thing as it were.

"I won't be a yes man, he wants my own opinion on things. Kevin will have the final say, but he'll have someone backing him to take the weight off his shoulders."

Herrera played 130 games in two spells at Torquay, having first joined the club as a 13-year-old before moving to Queens Park Rangers and Fulham.

He returned to the club at the end of his career before becoming a youth coach at Plainmoor, a role he held until this summer when Torquay closed their academy.

"It's my hometown club, I started here as a kid, came back at the tail-end of my career, was on the coaching staff and now to be part of the management team is fantastic opportunity," he told BBC Sport.

"Kevin's got new ideas, we had a chat about things, I liked what he was saying and he liked what I had to say and the feedback I gave him.

"He's asked me to come in and do the job and I can't wait for Monday to come round and get stuck into it.

"I've waited a long time to get an opportunity like this, so to do it at my home town club is more special.

"The town and club deserves to have some success after the last couple of years."