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First Big Name Managerial Exit Is Confirmed

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There first manager in senior Non-League football has this morning lost his job – less than two weeks into the new season.

After only four games, Torquay United have made the decision that Kevin Nicholson will no longer be in their dug out.

A poor start to the season has seen the club pick up just one point from a possible 12.

That has made the Plainmoor board make a move – and they confirmed they have terminated his contract today.

A statement on the Torquay website reads: “Torquay United Football Club have announced the departure of player-manager Kevin Nicholson with immediate effect.

“As a football club, we would like to thank Kevin for all his hard work as a manager and player for Torquay United, and we wish him well for the future.

“Torquay United will not be making any further statements at this stage.”

After the club’s 3-0 defeat to Gateshead, Nicholson had a lot to say.

“I’m a little bit embarrassed and I feel let down by the players tonight,” said the player-manager. “I understand there being a few nerves after what happened on Saturday. You’re not going to win games of football if you give away goals like we’ve given away today. We’ve quite literally given them four, if it wasn’t for Ryan Clarke in goal we would have given them more.

“In the first-half we started well and got on the front foot and then for some reason, because we didn’t score, we went back into our shells and that’s just not acceptable.”

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