League Two side Torquay United have announced that manager Martin Ling is being treated for a debilitating illness and will be away from work for several weeks.
Torquay say they are currently looking for an experienced coach to work alongside assistant manager Shaun Taylor while Ling recovers.
The club declined to reveal the nature of the illness but issued a statement on their website saying: "United manager Martin Ling is currently being treated for a debilitating illness.
"He is receiving specialist care and, while we are able to report that he is making some progress, it is anticipated that Martin will be away from work for several weeks.
"Any further statement will only be issued when it is appropriate to do so and, until then, the Club would ask that the privacy of Martin's family be respected.
"The Club and the League Managers Association are both fully supportive and are looking forward to his return
"In the meantime, United officials have held discussions with assistant manager Shaun Taylor and we have agreed to actively seek an experienced coach to help Shaun with the running of the team. This process has already begun in earnest."