Knill switches Bury for Scunthorpeby Mick Bates / 31 March 2011, 15:23Tweet
Alan Knill has traded League Two promotion hopefuls Bury for Championship strugglers Scunthorpe United, and will be joined by Bury's assistant manager Chris Brass and goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler in the switch. Knill was the clear favourite to become the next Scunthorpe manager following the departure of Ian Baraclough earlier in March. The 46-year-old becomes Scunthorpe's third manager this season after Baraclough's exit and Nigel Adkins departure to Southampton at the start of the season.
Knill spent four years with the Iron as a player, making 150 appearances and scoring eight goals. His immediate focus is to save them from relegation as they are currently five points adrift of safety with just eight games remaining. Bury fans will undoubtedly be disappointed at Knill's decision to leave the club he joined back in 2008, as they are in fourth place in League Two and have a great chance of getting promoted to League One. His bold decision to join the club could backfire if Scunthorpe were to be relegated and Bury promoted.
Knill's first game in charge is a tough away game to high flying Norwich this Saturday, with Victor Chandler pricing Scunthorpe at 8/1 to pull off a much-needed win that could kick-start their quest to stay in the Championship. Scunthorpe are at odds of 11/2 to avoid relegation this season.