Torquay United head coach Gary Owers has shortened the odds on Shaun Taylor becoming his next No.2 by saying that he’s unlikely to go outside Plainmoor to fill the post.

Former Exeter City, Bristol City and Swindon Town stalwart Taylor is currently the Gulls’ Head of Academy Coaching, but he has been at Owers’ side at most games since former assistant Martin Kuhl left Plainmoor just before the start of the season.

Asked this week about moves to replace Kuhl, Owers said: “I am getting closer to sorting it out. But I don’t think I am going to bring anyone in from outside.”

Taylor, 55, is well qualified for the job – after his distinguished playing career, he has coached at youth and senior levels at Exeter, Plymouth and Torquay, where he was also assistant to manager Martin Ling and then caretaker during seasons from 2011-2013.

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