New Torquay United contracts for Martin Ling and Co
MANAGER Martin Ling and his backroom staff have agreed new, improved contracts at Torquay United.
The news comes after one of the most dramatic nights in the Gulls' history, when Ling's injury-hit side came from 3-0 down to beat Aldershot Town 4-3 at Plainmoor on Tuesday and move to within two points of the League Two Play-Off zone.
United say the new deals reflect Ling's successful first season in charge at Plainmoor and confirm the club's confidence in him for the future.
When Ling and his assistant Shaun Taylor took over from Bristol Rovers-bound Paul Buckle and Shaun North 15 months ago, they inherited physio Damian Davey and goalkeeping coach Kenny Veysey.
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Ling also appointed Brixham-based Lee Dunn as his video expert and match analyst.
United's managing director Bill Phillips confirmed: "When Martin arrived, he came in on a one-year rolling contract, and that's still the case.
"But his salary has been adjusted on the back of a very good season last year.
"Negotiations with all the backroom staff are now concluded, and we are appreciative of what Martin and all of them have done.
"Martin is very excited about the improvements happening at the (Seale Hayne) training ground, as we all are.
"We have moved on from one exciting project with our new Bristow's Bench stand to the training ground, and we are also hoping to appoint a new head groundsman in the near-future."
After an up-and-down first few months in charge in 2011, Ling took United on a record-breaking midwinter run that eventually saw them just miss out on promotion last season.
This summer generated transfer sales which will net the club more than £550,000 over two years.
That revenue has allowed United to finish off Plainmoor's new grandstand and tackle several other jobs, notably a major levelling scheme at Seale Hayne.
On the pitch United have now won three and lost only one of their first ten league games this season and are up to ninth place in the League Two table.