Torquay deny Rosenior '10 minute reign' claim

May 21, 2007

Confusion surrounds the future of Leroy Rosenior after he and Conference-bound Torquay today issued contrasting statements over his position as manager.

Rosenior had reportedly lost his job within just 10 minutes of being appointed last Thursday after chairman Mike Bateson sold the club, but managing director Debbie Hancox insists the former Brentford boss is still at the helm.

She said: 'Nothing has happened to change Leroy's position as yet. He was appointed on Thursday and the club then accepted a bid from a consortium.'

Rosenior has responded by saying he was under the impression he would not be required by the new consortium, which is led by Cris Boyce.

'He [Bateson] didn't envisage selling the club in the near future,' Rosenior told BBC News 24. 'So I did the press conference on Thursday, I did all the interviews and, within 10 minutes, Mike called me to let me know he had actually sold the club.

'So it was something that I knew was going to happen but I didn't think it was going to happen after 10 minutes. I've been told a new consortium is coming in, they're bringing their own people and I won't have anything to do with it.'

Former boss Colin Lee was reportedly behind the new bid for the club and was planning to re-appoint himself as manager but Hancox insists that is not the case.

She added: 'Colin Lee is not involved in the consortium at all. There are about eight people behind it but he is not one of them.'

The shortest tenure in charge in English football to date is Dave Bassett's four-day reign at Crystal Palace in 1984.