Wes Saunders
Wes
Saunders

Wes Saunders was dismissed by Torquay United on March 28 2001 after nearly three years at Plainmoor.

A 1-0 defeat to Carlisle the previous week had left the club at the bottom of the league and in serious danger of losing their league status with demotion to the conference.

Former Wolves manager Colin Lee, who had been hired in an advisory capacity earlier in the season, takes over until the end of the season as The Gulls look to survive in Division Three.

Wes Saunders was given his first taste of management by Torquay United when he replaced Head Coach Kevin Hodges in July 1998.

The club had just lost in the Division Three play-off final to Colchester but in his first season at Plainmoor, Wes could not maintain the form that had taken The Gulls to fifth in the table the previous year.

An experienced ex-player, Wes played for Newcastle United, Carlisle United, Bradford City, and Dundee before joining Torquay United, where he will long be remembered for his Player of the Season trophy and goal scoring antics at Wembley, as well as captaining the side as Torquay won promotion via the play-offs back in 1991.

His shrewd dealings in the transfer market have helped make the club financially sound, bringing in several players from non-league football who have done well.

His determination as a player has carried through to management and he could well be the man to one day bring success for Torquay United, although there is still some way to go as the team languish below mid-table in Division Three.

Former Wolves manager Colin Lee was brought in by the club's owner Mike Bateson towards the end of February 2001 to give some assistance to Saunders as United looked to pull clear of any relegation battle at the bottom of the table. He was appointed in a consultancy role with Wes remaining as the team's manager.

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