TORQUAY United this afternoon confirmed that manager Martin Ling will be away from the club for several weeks.
He is currently being treated for a debilitating illness.
The club also confirmed that it had begun the search for an experienced coach to help assistant manager Shaun Taylor run the team in the meantime.
The statement read: "He is receiving specialist care and, while we are able to report that he is making some progress, it is anticipated that Martin will be away from work for several weeks.
"Any further statement will only be issued when it is appropriate to do so.
"The club and the League Managers Association are both fully supportive and are looking forward to his return.
"In the meantime, United officials have held discussions with assistant manager Shaun Taylor and we have agreed to actively seek an experienced coach to help Shaun with the running of the team. This process has already begun in earnest."
More on the Gulls' search for an interim coach in tomorrow's Herald Express.
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