Torquay United FC Staff Profiles
Gary Johnson – First Team Manager
Bio: There was surprise and delight in equal measure amongst United’s fan base at the appointment of Gary Johnson’s in September 2018, and his impact was immediate. Three wins and three draws preceded a record-breaking ten match winning streak, which lifted the club up from 14th into 1st place. Under his guidance they remained there for the majority of the season, before finally clinching the National League South title, and with it promotion, in April 2019.
Aaron Downes – Assistant First Team Manager
Bio: Aaron returned to Plainmoor in December 2018 to take on the role of Assistant Manager. As a player, Downes made over 100 appearances for the club between 2012-2015, and was named Player of the Season for 2012/13. He then became Gary Johnson’s first signing as manager of Cheltenham Town in 2015, becoming an integral part of the Robins’ National League title-winning squad.
Shaun Taylor – First Team Coach/U18s Manager
Bio: Shaun enjoyed a highly successful career with the likes of Swindon Town and Bristol City before moving into coaching. Having previously held positions at Forest Green Rovers and Plymouth Argyle, Shaun returned to the Torquay United in 2018, where he now combines his first team duties with overseeing the progress of our U18 squad.
Russell Cleave – Sports Therapist/Kit Manager
Bio: Russell joined the Club in 2011 initially as sports therapist, before combining this position with the role of kit manager. He initially joined to treat the players from the Youth Academy, but upon its closure in 2015, Russell joined Club Physio Gareth Law in stepping up to treat the first team.