Colin Lee (Getty Images)
Lee comes home to Torquay
By Laura Joint
South Devon-born Colin Lee has been appointed director of football at Torquay United.
Torquay United have appointed Colin Lee as the club's new director of football on a three-year contract.
This is his second spell in charge of the Gulls. He managed the club for four-months in 2001, when Torquay saved their league status with a win at Barnet on the last day of the season.
Torquay-born Lee, 50, also played for his home town club in the 1970s before being sold to Tottenham.
Lee wasted no time in appointing Keith Curle as head coach until the end of the season. Former Torquay player Curle has previously managed Mansfield and Chester.
Keith Curle (Getty Images)
Curle was at Plainmoor in 1983-4, before embarking on a successful career which included a spell at Manchester City.
Bristolian Curle, 43, takes over from former boss Lubos Kubik, who left Plainmoor after the 1-1 draw at home to Barnet on 3 February 2007. The result left United five points adrift at the bottom of the Football League.
Curle's job will be to steer the Gulls to league safety.
Lee said: "I have had hundreds of calls from people wanting to come in but Keith was always my first choice. He is the front runner for the job for next season as he is here and going to start working with the players."
Lee initially returned to Torquay in January to assist Kubik, and takes on the new role after talks with club chairman Chris Roberts.
Lee - who has previously managed Watford, Wolves, Walsall and Millwall - told the club website: "I believe I can have a greater positive long term effect on the club within this role.
"Over the next three years I intend to implement a new blueprint for the football department of Torquay United; to put us on a par with comparable sized clubs higher up the Football League ladder."
Kubik parted company with United after a 15-match, 10-week spell as first-team manager.
The ex-Czech Republic defender replaced Ian Atkins in November, but won only one of his 12 league games in charge.
last updated: 09/08/07