Torquay United bring in Mike Edwards as new assistant manager

Mike Edwards is the new assistant manager at Torquay United
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Torquay United manager Paul Wotton has made his first big signing - bringing in former Hull City and Notts County defender Mike Edwards as his non-playing assistant.

The two have previously worked together at Truro City, where Wotton employed Edwards as a part-time fitness coach. The appointment of Edwards, 44, ends any speculation that Stewart Yetton, Wotton’s assistant at Truro, would be joining the managerial team at Plainmoor.

Speaking to the club's official website, Edwards said: “I’ve worked with the Gaffer for the last four years, and we have got to know each other more and more, and towards the end of last season, I worked on matchdays with him.

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“We are two very like-minded people, who get on well with each other, but also bring different things to each other, which is great and I am looking forward to it.”

“We know it is a rebuilding process, which is great. It isn’t the first time we have been at this rebuilding stage, we were both massively hard workers on the pitch, and that’s what we want from the players as well.

“The team will give everything it can out on the pitch, and that has to be the standard and the work ethic. It is great to be at something that is fresh and new, because we know what we want from performances and how we want to act on the pitch. It is great to be part of everything around the club, and hopefully we can generate those good times again.”

Wotton said: “I know Mikey very well, having played against him many times during my playing career, and worked with him in my time at Truro City. He’s somebody I trust and respect, and I’m really glad he is on board. “It will definitely be a fresh squad that is for sure, and fresh ideas as Mikey is a different character to me.

“He is very calm and logical, whereas I can be a bit louder and a bit more forceful, so we balance each other very well. We had a season in the league last year, so we know quite a bit about it. Now we’re just looking forward to getting going.”