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Torquay United not the end - Colin Lee


Torquay exit hard to take - Lee

Colin Lee is determined to stay in football following his forthcoming departure from Torquay.

The Gulls' chief executive, who has been placed on gardening leave by the club, will formally leave at the end of his notice period.

But Lee told BBC Spotlight: "I've still got a big determination to be involved in football.

"I think I've got a lot to offer and once we get this situation resolved I will decide which route to take."

He added: "Football's my life, it always has been since the age of 15 playing for Buckfastleigh Rangers.

"I've had a mixed career in terms of jobs but I've thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them and I've been reasonably successful.

"So there's no reason why that can't continue and I've got a lot of faith in my own ability."

The announcement that Lee is set to leave Plainmoor came on Wednesday after the club revealed losses of around £600,000.

I don't think Torquay united will ever be out of my blood, but I've got to accept that I'm no longer there

Colin Lee

"The last 24 hours have been very difficult," he said.

"It's hard to accept having achieved so much during a three-year period.

"But in football that's the industry you're involved in, sometimes the unexpected happens, and unfortunately I was at the end of that yesterday."

Lee, who was born in Torquay, first joined his hometown club in 1977, and went on to make 35 appearances for the Gulls.

The 53-year-old returned to Torquay in 2001 as manager, helping them stave off relegation into the Conference and was back again in 2007, when he went on to become chief executive.

He said: "I don't think Torquay United will ever be out of my blood, but I've got to accept that I'm no longer there.

"I do wish the club all the best, and the support that I've had since I've been there has been fantastic.

"I hope that the club can continue to go forward and I wish them success next season and it's just a shame that I can't be part of that."

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