Alan Knill has been appointed as the new permanent manager of League Two side Torquay United. Knill was originally placed in temporary charge of the Gulls back in February 2012 after Martin Ling was forced to take time off due to illness. Knill saved the club from relegation and has since been named as the Torquay manager after Ling was controversially sacked.
After a successful playing career that saw him make over 500 appearances, Alan Knill gained his first managerial post in 2006 when joining Rotherham United, but things weren't all rosy for Knill who struggled to gain any omentum at the club.
Eventually, with the club bottom of League One, Knill was sacked from the club with just over a year's experience and was on the lookout for a new job. Momentarily taking the position on Chesterfield's backroom staff, Knill then gained the manager's job at Bury in February 2008, where it would prove to be a more successful tenure.
Missing out on promotion when finishing fourth in Knill's first campaign, Bury lost out to Shrewsbury Town in the play-off semi-finals and Knill continued to impress. However, with the club one point off the play-offs with eight games to go, Knill elected to take up the position at Scunthorpe United in March 2011.
Nevertheless, Knill was unable to keep the club in the Championship and they finished bottom of the table and were relegated to League One. It is now that division that Knill will want to drag Scunthorpe out of an back into the second tier of English football.
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