Torquay appoint Alan Knillby Jack Kitson / 07 May 2013, 15:43Tweet
Alan Knill has been appointed the new manager of Torquay United following the departure of Martin Ling last week. Knill, who was sacked by Scunthorpe back in September 2012, was placed in charge of the Gulls in February after Ling took some time out due to a stress related illness.
The club opted to controversially part ways with Ling last Wednesday and to know surprise they have chosen Knill as his permanent replacement at Plainmoor. The former Scunthorpe, Rotherham and Bury manager saved the Gulls from the dreaded drop out of the Football League by guiding them to a 19th place finish, just two points above the relegation zone. However, he only won four of his 14 matches in charge.
Knill will now spend the summer re-organising his squad, with the view of bringing in a few fresh faces in order to help the club get back up challenging for a play-off spot. The club can currently be backed at 7/1 with Sky Bet to win promotion next season, while they have been handed long odds of 33/1 to win League Two.