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Friday, 20 July, 2001, 10:29 GMT 11:29 UK
McFarland is new Torquay boss
New Torquay boss Roy McFarland
Roy McFarland has the experience Torquay want
Former Derby and Cambridge United manager Roy McFarland has been appointed as the new manager of Torquay United.

The 53-year-old former England star was one of the favourites for the job following the sacking of Wes Saunders last season, but missed out when Colin Lee was handed a caretaker's role.

But Torquay chairman Mike Bateson was keen to secure an experienced coach for the full-time job after several years of giving first-time managers a chance.

McFarland said: "I'm looking forward to the challenge at Torquay.

"The first thing I am looking for is that we all pull together as a team and the commitment from the players.

"I am sure if we get that we will start going in the right direction."

McFarland has a proven track record in Division Three, having taken Bradford up in his first year of management 20 years ago.

He also won promotion with Cambridge two years ago and made a 2m profit in transfer deals with the sales of Martin Butler, Trevor Benjamin and Jody Craddock before he was sacked in February.

Torquay chairman Bateson added: "Roy was my first choice even before Colin Lee.

"At the time I decided to stick with Lee because of what he had achieved at the club.

"However, it was not to be but thankfully Roy has agreed to join us.

"Roy is moving his family to Devon and he would not do that if he did not have a good contract."

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