NO MORE VIDEO NAS­TIES TO FRIGHTEN GULLS BOSS GARY

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Matt Bad­cock

GARY OWERS says it’s time the Torquay Great Es­cape DVD was con­signed to the bar­gain bin – and be­lieves he’s the man to turn around their for­tunes.

Owers, 48, has been charged with lead­ing the Gulls away from the foot of the Na­tional League ta­ble af­ter leav­ing Bath City for the va­cant job.

He re­places Kevin Ni­chol­son, who was sacked just four games into the new sea­son with the club win­less.

Six games later, they were the only club in the di­vi­sion still wait­ing to bank three points from a game – a record that leaves them bot­tom of the ta­ble.

Owers feels the first win will lift some of the gloom, but warned it will take time to get their heads back above wa­ter.

Catch-up

“The fa­mous Great Es­cape video that comes out at the end of the sea­son has be­come a box set at Torquay,” Owers told The NLP. “It can’t go on. It catches you out in the end. We have to stop that sce­nario. We don’t want to be go­ing into Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary look­ing at the fix­tures think­ing we’ve got to win X amount of games.

“We’re try­ing to solve that prob­lem now. How­ever, it will take us a num­ber of weeks to get out of the po­si­tion that we’re in be­cause we’re play­ing catch-up.

“One win will lift every­one. The rea­son why we all do this is to get that feel­ing of win­ning a game and the feel­ing it brings with it. I used to get is as a player, I get it as a coach, and it’s the same feel­ing the sup­port­ers get. That’s what every­one wants to have.” Owers has vast ex­pe­ri­ence to call upon. He’s man­aged For­est Green Rovers at this level and was Mal­colm Crosby’s as­sis­tant at Gateshead af­ter spells as No.2 in the Foot­ball League with Alder­shot Town and Ply­mouth Ar­gyle. And he says the ex­pe­ri­ence of Ar­gyle will stand him in good stead as he takes over a team in cri­sis.

“I went into Ply­mouth as as­sis­tant man­ager with John Sheri­dan and they were go­ing out of the League,” Owers said. “It was a dread­ful sce­nario and we turned it af­ter we man­aged to win nine out of 17 games. That was prob­a­bly more dif­fi­cult at the time be­cause of the low amount of games left.

“There’s plenty of games left here, but it’s not good when you look at the sit­u­a­tion and think they’ve had ten goes to win a game and haven’t man­aged to win one yet. So that’s the first thing to fix.”

Owers says he’s proud to leave Bath City, who have placed Jim Rollo in care­taker charge, in a strong po­si­tion in the Na­tional League South.

“It was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion,” Owers said. “I’ve been on the road; I’ve worked in Scot­land, Ply­mouth, Portsmouth, Gateshead, Alder­shot.

Pro­fes­sional

“When I played I al­ways lived where I played, I didn’t un­der­stand the lads who used to get in their cars and drive all over the coun­try. When I got into the coach­ing I re­alised that side of it. So it was time to stay at home with the fam­ily for a lit­tle bit and I re­ally en­joyed it. It’s a great club, great peo­ple, great sup­port­ers who own the club now and a great group of play­ers.

“We lost the first three games of the sea­son and then we’ve taken 19 points out of the next eight games. We were on one hell of a run and I’ve left them in a good place, three points off the top of the league.

“That had to come in the think­ing. We won on Mon­day at Hunger­ford – that was the third game in a row we’d won. But I’ve been a pro­fes­sional all my life. The at­trac­tion of full-time foot­ball, work­ing with the play­ers ev­ery day, was al­ways some­thing that was go­ing to in­ter­est us.”

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