Martin Ling Becomes Manager Of Torquay United

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 16 June 2011, 09:29

Martin Ling has been appointed as the new manager of Torquay United. The 44-year-old succeeds Paul Buckle, who left the club for Bristol Rovers earlier this month after the Gulls lost to Stevenage in the League Two play-off final. Ling managed to beat stiff competition from the likes of former Norwich player and assistant boss Ian Butterworth, ex-Torquay midfielder Alex Russell, ex-Brentford caretaker boss Nicky Forster and also the former Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope.

Ling may not be the sort of big name the fans were looking for but he does have experience of leading a club up to League One. His first managerial job came in 2003 when he took over at Leyton Orient. His biggest achievement after the club during his six year reign was guiding them to automatic promotion to League One in 2006. After leaving the club in January 2009 he joined Cambridge United in July of the same year, but resigned after just eight days after clashing with the club's chairman George Rolls, only to be reinstated as manager 16 days later after Rolls quit the club. Ling has been out of work since February when he was sacked by the Blue Square Bet Premier side after 18 months in charge.

Ling will be looking to go one step further than his predecessor and guide the club up to League One next season. The Plainmoor club are 25/1 with Bet365 to win League Two next season and 11/2 to get promoted.

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