Torquay United FC Staff Profiles
Gary Johnson – First Team Manager
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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
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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.
Phil Osborn – Goalkeeper Coach
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Bio: Phil arrived at Plainmoor during the 2017/18 season, and since then has played a large part in the excellent form of United’s resident goalkeepers.
Peter Johnson – Head of Recruitment
Bio: Pete has worked with brother Gary at every one of his former teams, including at Cheltenham Town, where he helped rebuild a squad of players that returned to the Football League at the first time of asking.
Dave Hedges – Head of Youth
Bio: Hedges, who has an extensive track record in youth football, has been busy strengthening United’s youth development system since he was appointed in August 2018.
Chris Todd – Under 18 Manager
Bio: Todd was appointed as U18 manager in September 2019. His appointment will see him maintain his role at South Devon College, further strengthening the links between the two parties.
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.
Kai Hepworth – Head of Medical
Bio: Kai was confirmed as the new Head of Medical in July 2019, having previously worked with Gary Johnson at Cheltenham Town.
Louie Birkenshaw – Video Analyst
Bio: Louie arrived at Plainmoor in early 2019 and playing his part in the club’s National League South title success.
Peter Pollak – Club Doctor
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Bio: A familiar face on match days for some time now, Peter has proved to be another vital part of Gary Johnson’s backroom staff