Torquay United Sack Alan Knillby Jack Kitson / 02 January 2014, 14:20Tweet
We are only less than two days into the New Year but already there has been a managerial casualty, with Alan Knill losing his job at League Two strugglers Torquay United. The departure comes after the Gulls suffered painful back-to-back home defeats to fierce Devon rivals Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle, leaving them second-from-bottom of the Football League, and one point adrift from safety.
Knill was handed the job permanently back in May following a period in caretaker charge. However, a poor opening half of the season - the club have recorded just five wins from 24 games - has forced the board to make a change at Plainmoor as they look to avoid the unthinkable: relegation down to the National Conference.
The club’s head of youth Geoff Harrop has been placed in temporary charge while the club search for Knill's replacement. The former Colchester United coach first game at the helm will be at home to Morecambe on Saturday, with the club looking to end a run of three games without a win. Meanwhile Harrop is joined by the likes of Chris Hargreaves, Sean O'Driscoll, Martin Allen, Adrian Boothroyd and Paul Trollope as early contenders in the Next Torquay United Manager Market.