Torquay United appoint former Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill as their new manager
Torquay United have appointed former Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill as their new manager.
Last Updated: 07/05/13 1:00pm
Knill had been in temporary charge at Plainmoor for the final months of the season as Martin Ling recovered from illness and helped the club secure their League Two status.
Ling was sacked by the Gulls last week and following negotiations with Knill, they have appointed the 48-year-old on a permanent basis.
"I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Alan Knill as the new manager of our club," said United chairwoman Thea Bristow.
"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."
A former Welsh international, Knill began his managerial career with Rotherham United in 2005 before moving to Chesterfield as a coach in 2007.
Knill returned to former club Bury as manager in February 2008 and led them to the playoffs in his first full season, and the Shakers were also in the promotion mix-up when he was approached by Scunthorpe in 2011.
Knill was unable to save the Iron from relegation and he was sacked as manager in October 2012 after losing nine of his first 15 games, before taking over for his initial spell as Torquay boss in February.
Two wins and a draw in their final three games steered the club clear of relegation, and Knill will hope to improve on their 19th-place finish next season.