Alan Knill takes over at Torquay

Former Rotherham, Bury and Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill is preparing for his first test as the interim manager at Plainmoor.

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Torquay's interim manager gets ready for his first test

Former Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill is holding the fort at Torquay United Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

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.

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.

– Simon Baker, Torquay United chairman
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