All change for Torquay after a busy summer

Town celebrate a goal during their last victory over Torquay back in 2008
Town celebrate a goal during their last victory over Torquay back in 2008

Torquay have undergone a revolution both on and off the pitch this summer, with new faces in the boardroom, the dugout and the changing room for Halifax’s opponents on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

A 10-member consortium bought the club in June, with former radio commentator Steve Breed being appointed as their new chief executive.

Former Mansfield boss Paul Cox was also named as the club’s new manager in June.

That was after his predecessor Chris Hargreaves, his assistant Lee Hodges and coach Kenny Veysey, were all placed on gardening leave after turning down a “significant” pay cut.

Hargreaves was named Torquay boss in January 2014 with the Gulls 23rd in League Two, but could not save the club from relegation.

The 43-year-old former Bournemouth coach was in charge for 75 games, winning 27 and losing 33, with 15 draws.

He guided them to 13th in the National League last season, with only four teams in the division winning fewer away games during the campaign.

Cox has initiated an overhaul of the playing staff that has seen 17 players depart and 12 arrive.

One of those, Alex Fisher, who followed Cox from Mansfield, scored the winner in their opening-day win over Macclesfield last Saturday.

The Gulls then led 1-0 at half-time at Wrexham in midweek through Bournemouth loanee Josh Carmichael, but ended up losing 3-1.

Torquay did the double over Town last season, winning 2-1 at Plainmoor before recording a 2-0 win at The Shay.

Halifax’s last win over Torquay came at The Shay in March 2008 when a brace from Jon Shaw and another from Matt Doughty helped Town to a 3-2 win.