FULL REPORT: Torquay manager faces first test
by Jeff Welch
Torquay United's interim manager Alan Knill is about to take charge for the first time. The Gulls take on high-flying Port Vale at Plainmoor tomorrow in a bid to move away from the relegation zone.
Knill takes over from the club's official manager, Martin Ling - who's been forced to step down temporarily because of illness.
Torquay's interim manager gets ready for his first test
Torquay United's interim manager Alan Knill will be in charge for the first time tomorrow as the Gulls look to move away from the relegation zone when they entertain high flying Port Vale.
He's taken over from Martin Ling, who's had to step down temporarily due to illness.
Alan Knill has "an edge of steel" in him
Torquay United have appointed former Rotherham, Bury and Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill as their new interim manager at Plainmoor.
Knill will be in charge of team affairs until the end of the season, assisted by assistant Shaun Taylor, in the absence of manager Martin Ling, who is currently away on sick leave.
– Simon Baker, Torquay United chairman
Alan was suggested to us by some people in the football industry.
We had drawn up a shortlist and we checked up on Alan with people he had worked with, and they all gave him a glowing reference.
We met him at Aldershot yesterday and we are delighted he has decided to come in and help us. He comes across as a very agreeable man but there is an edge of steel in him, which is what we need.