Cornforth steps in for Gulls
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Former Exeter boss John Cornforth has been appointed caretaker boss at Torquay.Torquay have installed former Exeter City boss John Cornforth as a temporary replacement for departed manager Leroy Rosenior.
After slumping back into the League Two relegation zone Rosenior was shown the door at Plainmoor on Wednesday, and Cornforth wasted no time in putting his name forward.
Gulls coach Richard Hancox had been expected to take temporary charge but he was not keen on the post on a full time basis, and Cornforth will now look to stake a strong claim for a permanent role as he prepares the squad to face Shrewsbury on Saturday.
Chairman Mike Bateson confirmed Cornforth's arrival, whilst insisting he will take his time over a replacement for Rosenior as he wades through a number of applications.
"I was pleased to accept John's offer, we have two vital matches coming up in the next week and it is imperative that we take every bit of help to win the points," Bateson told the club's official website.
"John will meet with me at the Racecourse training ground today (Thursday) and we can make an immediate start to getting this train of ours back on the tracks.
"It also relieves me from the immediate pressure of making a hasty appointment but I would still hope to make a final decision on the new man within two weeks.
"There have been 14 good quality applicants to date and there are some very interesting names on the list, but it takes a person of a particular type to manage a lower division club and this will be taken into account when the final choice is made."
Meanwhile amidst the managerial manoeuvres at Plainmoor, Bateson has revealed that the League Two side have rejected a bid from an unnamed club for striker Jo-Osei Kuffour.
"The offer wasn't high enough and in any event we are looking to strengthen the squad not weaken it," Bateson continued.
"I think Jo has a lot to contribute in the forthcoming battle for survival."