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Ex-Eastleigh boss Chris Todd signs deal as player-coach at Truro City

FORMER Eastleigh boss Chris Todd says he is looking forward to the challenge of helping Truro City climb the National League South after joining the club as a player-coach.

The 35-year-old defender has been out of football since leaving his job as Eastleigh manager just four games into the season.

With the Welshman waiting for another shot at management, he started training with former club Torquay United recently with a return to playing seeming likely.

And he will be lacing his boots back up once again after agreeing a short-term deal with the White Tigers, who are struggling in the National League South. The club are managed by Lee Hodges, who played alongside Todd at Torquay.

Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to high-flying Hampton & Richmond Borough left them 17th in the table with just three wins from their 14 games.

“I spoke to Lee a couple of weeks ago about coming here,” Todd told the club’s website. “Once I got my head around playing again, I started to look forward to the challenge of coming here and getting involved both on and off-the-pitch.

“I love a challenge and I really believe that with the players that are here we can grow and get better. The talent is there, we just maybe need to build the confidence and belief back up.

“I love being a manager, and it’s definitely something I want to do again having had my appetite whetted, but now I just want to get my boots back on and do what I can to help Truro City progress.

“It’s always hard when you’re at the wrong end of the table; things tend to go against you, but it’s up to us as a group to pull together, roll our sleeves up and have a right go.

“You can be sure that we’ll be giving it everything on Saturday to bounce back from the last couple of defeats and give our fans something to cheer about.”

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