Torquay United chairwoman Thea Bristow will back manager Chris Hargreaves as they look to plot an immediate return to The Football League.

The Gulls suffered relegation to the Conference on Saturday but Bristow says they are upbeat and relishing the challenge that awaits them with Hargreaves, who captained Torquay to their last promotion to League Two back in 2009, at the helm.

"We know what it takes to get out of it and I am confident that we are going to be great in it, as we were last time, " she told the Herald Express.

"We are going to support Chris as much as we possibly can, to have a new start and build something new.

"We are all a lot more upbeat than you would expect, and we want to look forward to the challenge and tackle it.

"I do have this sort of guilt gene inside me, that says I have presided over one of the worst seasons in Torquay's history. People tell me I shouldn't feel like that, and I do believe that I should try and push it aside and get on with the job in hand. That's the most important thing."