Torquay have named Martin Ling as their new manager.

The 44-year-old former Leyton Orient and Cambridge boss replaces Paul Buckle, who left to take over at Bristol Rovers last month.

"As a board, we are delighted to appoint a manager of Martin's experience and background," said Gulls chairman Simon Baker.

"We were pleased by the calibre of applicants for the role and Martin was the number one choice from this impressive collection of candidates.

"It is the beginning of an exciting new era at Torquay United and we are proud to have Martin at the helm."


 

Torquay finished seventh in npower League Two last season but lost to Stevenage in the play-off final. Buckle's departure came just two days after that defeat at Old Trafford, and Ling is now charged with the task of taking the Devon club one step further next season.

Ling was sacked as boss of Blue Square Bet Premier side Cambridge at the start of February following 18 months in charge, with the club languishing 16th in the table.

He was initially appointed in the summer of 2009 but quit less than 10 days later after a fall-out with the club's chairman at the time George Rolls, before he was swiftly reinstated after the latter's resignation.

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