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SPORT: Alan Knill appointed new Manager at Torquay United

Torquay United has confirmed the appointment of Alan Knill as Manager.

Knill has managed the club on an interim basis since February.

I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Alan Knill as the new manager of our club.

Alan was obviously the number one candidate for the job and I would like to personally thank him for his efforts last season.

We welcome him to the permanent position of Torquay United manager and look forward to happy times ahead."

– Thea Bristow, Chairwoman, Torquay United (speaking to the Club's website)

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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

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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