Hargreaves happy after 'big' move

Chris Hargreaves: Relishing his new job

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Chris Hargreaves admits it was a tough decision to leave Bournemouth for Torquay but insists he is ready for his new job.

And having been unveiled as the successor to Alan Knill at a club he used to captain, Hargreaves admitted that deciding to move into management for the first time was not easy but he is ready for the challenge that awaits him.

"It was a big decision, it is always a big call," he explained.

"I am really happy to be here, it is a great club with good people. I am sad to say goodbye to Bournemouth but I had a great relationship with Eddie Howe, Jason Tindall and all the staff and players.

"It was a brilliant experience and one I've learned a lot from. In the 18 months (I was there for) we were promoted and I was the first-team coach and that is brilliant for me as a person and it was great to be with those people at the club.

"It was a big ask to move, but what a place to come and work for."

Hargreaves appointed former Gulls winger Lee Hodges - whose managerial experience came in the non-league game with Truro City - as his assistant and he revealed it was an easy decision.

"It was a no-brainer," he said. "He has good experience, is a good person and someone I trust, which is important.

"He is someone who has played for the club, understands this league and is a calming influence on the players."