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Hargreaves convinced by Gulls

Chris Hargreaves has revealed why he turned down Northampton to take the job at Torquay.

The Cobblers, who Hargreaves played for between 2000 and 2004, also approached the 41-year-old to be their new manager following the departure of Aidy Boothroyd.

That left Hargreaves with the choice last weekend between two of his former clubs that are both managerless, in the League Two relegation zone, are separated by just a single point and meet next Saturday.

And Hargreaves explained that the pull of the Gulls and the way the club's board approached him made the opportunity to return to Plainmoor too good to turn down.

"I was flattered to be spoken to by Northampton and to be in a situation where there were two clubs expressing a desire to talk to me is something I couldn't have imagined 18 months ago," he said.

"But having had discussions with both clubs I was pretty convinced that Torquay was the club for me.

"I had some good times at Northampton. It is a good club with some good people but the times I have had recently have been so special and there is such a big pull for me at the club.

"The way I was approached by the board was done in such a way it was an offer I couldn't refuse."

Hargreaves and his family are based near Exeter but the former Torquay captain says while a new role locally is ideal for his family he would not have let that stand in his way of taking his first job in management.

He said: "It always has a bearing, of course. That is great but I was, and I am, prepared to move in football, you have to be. I had 10 clubs which gives you an indication of what I was like as a player."