Former Torquay United player and manager Chris Hargreaves has said he is ready to return to management.

The ex-Brentford and Northampton Town midfielder, who won promotion from the National League with both Oxford United and Torquay at the end of his career, was in charge at the Gulls from January 2014 to June 2015. The current Bristol Rovers academy manager left his role at Torquay after Dean Edwards’ consortium took over the club and he was placed on gardening leave following his decision to turn down an extremely significant pay cut.

Asked if he was put off managing again by the experience, Hargreaves told Non-League Daily:

“No, I’ve been close a couple of times in the last year to taking a job. I’m ready, I want to go into a place where we’re all together as a club – fans, owner, board – we’re all fighting to go in the same direction, we want to play an attractive brand of football, and also have a Plan B for whatever league we’re in.

“I’m absolutely committed to doing it and being a success, because I think I’ve got the tools to do it. It’s just getting that opportunity and making sure that you do your due diligence as well and not jumping at jobs because you feel you have to.

“I think once you get that club where you’re all together, you can be really formidable, so that’s the plan.”