Torquay United have appointed Spanish manager Federico Hurtado as their new boss. The deal is considered to be somewhat of a coup for the Devon-based club with the popular manager having turned down several job offers from top-tier Spanish clubs in order to join Torquay in the 6th tier of English football.
Federico Hurtado was born in Sevilla when his father, Alejandro, was playing there for the La Liga side. Following in his father’s footsteps, Federico has become a manager and was given his first managerial role by his dad. He managed Vigo B for two years, winning the Liga Segunda once before resigning from his role.
It has always been a dream of Federico’s to manage in the English lower leagues after spending a lot of his young adult years living in England. After resigning from Vigo B Federico immediately began his search for the perfect role in English football and in June 2039 he found it.
VivaTorquay – A Brief History
In the past 20 years Torquay have spent just 4 outside of the Conference. They were relegated to the Conference South in 2018/19 before returning in 2021. Torquay have twice been promoted to League Two but have fallen straight back to the Conference at the first time of asking.
Federico Hurtado joins Torquay in June 2039 but will need to completely renovate his squad after they suffered a shock relegation to the Conference South, meaning our Spanish manager will begin his Torquay career two divisions away from the Football League.
A 24th place finish suggests that it may not be so simple to earn immediate promotion back to the Conference. Therefore Hurtado will need every ounce of his managerial ability to make a success of Torquay United.
VivaTorquay – The Aim
Federico Hurtado fully intends to remain with Torquay for the remainder of his managerial career. His hope is to build the club and take them to the top of English football, perhaps even making them a European powerhouse.
But the reality is that he’ll need to focus purely on returning to the Conference before building his club to push towards returning to the Football League. It is going to be a huge challenge for Federico, but one that he will not shy away from.
In his two years with Vigo B he proved that he can manage at a high level, but can he perform as well down in the lower leagues of football?
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Thanks for reading the first post in our new series. The plan is to write at least two posts per season and make the series more about the players.
In VivaGlobetrotting we focussed more on our manager, Alejandro Hurtado, than the players. However, with Torquay the intention is to remain there for the duration of the save and so it makes more sense to speak about our players in more detail.
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