By Matt Badcock
CHRIS TODD says he and Lee Hodges are ready for their next management challenge after their shock Truro City exit – and they’d love to team up again.
The duo quit the National League South White Tigers after just two games of the new season.
It came on the back of a campaign where they took the Cornish club into the FA Cup first round proper for the first time in its history and also reached the play-off eliminator match.
Although they fell at the first hurdle it was considered a successful season, with keeper Tom McHale even selected for the England C side.
But the club has had major changes in the summer, not least the groundshare switch to Torquay United where new boss Leigh Robinson will look to lead them up the table.
Todd wishes the ex-Taunton Town manager well but says it’s time to hop back on the saddle himself – and if he can do it with Hodges then all the better.
“We’re both ready, myself and Lee, to go back in,” Todd, the former Eastleigh manager, told The NLP. “Whatever happened at Truro has happened and we move on. It was a shame we couldn’t work things out but that’s football. We don’t have any qualms with them and we wish them all the success in the future.
“They’ve got a new management team now and we wish them well – I’m sure they will do what we expected which was to sustain the club in that league and maybe try to push forward.
“It was a shame to leave because we did so well last season with the FA Cup run and finishing in the play-offs. These things happen and now we look to move on.
“As coaches and a management team we want to get back in the game. We feel we’ve got a lot to offer.”
Todd says working with Hodges has improved him no end.
“It was brilliant of him to let me come in,” Todd said. “I suppose, at times, coming from being a manager to being someone’s assistant manager, people don’t see that working because they get worried they want their job or have a different agenda.
“Lee knowing me and the way I work, he brought me in. I went from coach to assistant manager and we had a great time. It would be a real shame if we didn’t work together again somewhere else.
“We knew when we left Truro we would be in this position so we know we have to bide our time – but I hope it come sooner rather than later.”