Former Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox is new manager at Torquay United

Former Stags manager Paul Cox - Pic by: Richard Parkes
Former Stags manager Paul Cox - Pic by: Richard Parkes

Conference Premier club Torquay United have appointed Ex-Stags boss Paul Cox as their new manager after placing his predecessor, Chris Hargreaves, on ‘gardening leave’.

Cox arrives at the Launa Windows Stadium following great success as manager of Eastwood Town and then Mansfield Town, earning the Stags a return to the Football League two seasons ago.

As a player, Cox was a tough defender with the likes of Notts County, Halifax Town and Kettering Town, moving into management with Eastwood Town in the Northern Premier League.

Successive promotions with Eastwood caught the attention of bosses at Mansfield and Cox became the new manager at Field Mill in May 2011. It took Cox just two seasons to win the Conference Premier title in a campaign that also saw the Stags reach the FA Cup Third Round, where they took on Liverpool.

His first full season as a manager in the Football League ended in a very respectable mid-table finish before he finally left the club back in November.

The new consortium in charge of Torquay United will unveil their new boss to the media on Thursday morning.