Gary Johnson has been appointed manager of National League South side Torquay United, as confirmed by their official website.

The experienced boss, who is the father of Bristol City manager Lee Johnson, left League Two side Cheltenham Town on 21st August and has made a shift return to management.

Torquay United were last in the Football League in 2014 and now find themselves in the sixth tier of English football following their relegation from the National League in May. They recently sacked Gary Owers and have replaced him with Johnson.

Gary Johnson is  a well-travelled manager and Torquay will be his 10th club of his career. He has managed Newmarket Town, Cambridge United, Latvia, Yeovil Town, Bristol City, Peterborough United, Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town in a managerial career spanning back to 1986.

The 62-year-old has managed over 1,000 games and his best achievement was getting Bristol City within touching distance of the Premier League in 2008. However, they lost in the Championship Play-Off final to Hull City.

Torquay United will hope Johnson uses his experience to get them promoted back to the National League this season. The Gulls are currently 14th in the league and are three points of the Play-Offs. They have some loan players from the Football League sides such as highly-rated young goalkeeper Alex Bass from Portsmouth and Bristol City duo Opi Edwards and Jake Andrews, all of whom will be hoping to impress their new manager.


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