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Torquay appoint Alan Knill as interim manager

Torquay task Knill with stopping the rot after appointing ex-Bury boss until end of season

By
Pete Evans, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

12:08 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:08 GMT, 20 February 2013

Torquay have appointed Alan Knill as their interim manager until the end of the season.

The former Rotherham, Bury and Scunthorpe boss will work with assistant Shaun Taylor, who has been managing the Gulls for the last six games while manager Martin Ling has been absent on sick leave.

Knill faces a tough task at Plainmoor as he inherits a side who have lost their last five matches, the most recent a defeat at Aldershot last night.

New man: Alan Knill (right) watched Torquay lose to Aldershot

New man: Alan Knill (right) watched Torquay lose to Aldershot

Torquay stand just five points clear of the npower League Two relegation zone ahead of the visit of Port Vale on Saturday.

'Alan was suggested to us by some people in the football industry,' chairman Simon Baker told the club's official website.

'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.'

On the slide: Torquay have struggled for form in recent months

On the slide: Torquay have struggled for form in recent months

Ling has been away from the club since the day his side recorded their last victory, a 1-0 win at Exeter on January 28, and Baker revealed the latest update on the former Leyton Orient manager's condition.

'The last I heard from Mrs Ling was that Martin is making progress and we will see how it all pans out,' Baker added.

'We will cross that bridge when it comes but our focus at the moment is between now and April 27, when the season comes to an end.'

Derby 5 Scunthorpe 5: Capital One Cup first round thriller settled on penalties

It was horrible… Scunthorpe boss relieved after shootout ends 5-5 cup thriller at Derby

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UPDATED:

08:55 GMT, 15 August 2012

Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill described his side's victory over Derby in the Capital One Cup first round as the most remarkable match he has seen.

The Iron overturned a 3-0 half-time deficit and went on to beat their npower Championship opponents 7-6 in a penalty shoot-out at Pride Park.

Knill, whose team struck twice in injury time to draw level at 5-5 at the end of 90 minutes, said: 'I can't think I've ever seen anything like that. That has to be the most remarkable match I have ever seen.

Relief: Scunthorpe players celebrate beating Derby after a penalty shootout

Relief: Scunthorpe players celebrate beating Derby after a penalty shootout following their 5-5 draw

'I can't get my head round it. To be honest, it was a horrible game from start to finish and I already feel as though I've been through half a season's worth of emotion.

'We didn't get a tackle in for 45 minutes but when you are in trouble the only thing to do is go forward and have a go. That's what we did and by the end of normal time I felt we were well on top.

'I was confident about our first five penalty takers but wondered how it would go when we got down to the next lot – the ones who were hiding and didn't want to do it.

'In the event they all looked full of confidence and did the business.'

Richard Keogh, Jake Buxton and Theo Robinson gave Derby a seemingly unassailable three-goal lead at the break before Scunthorpe striker Andy Barcham pulled one back seven minutes after the restart.

Comeback starts here: Scunthorpe's Andy Barcham scores their first goal

Comeback starts here: Scunthorpe's Andy Barcham scores the Iron's first goal at Pride Park

Buxton headed home his second within a minute to restore the Rams' three-goal cushion, but the Iron hit back through Mike Grella, in the 63rd minute, and Bobby Grant 10 minutes later.

Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe kept out Robinson's 72nd-minute penalty after David Mirfin's foul on Keogh.

Nathan Tyson headed home Derby's fifth goal in the 83rd minute, but Scunthorpe were not finished and grabbed a fourth through substitute Connor Jennings in the fourth minute of injury time and an equaliser two minutes later when Grant slammed home a penalty following Michael Jacobs' foul on Josh Walker.

Derby manager Nigel Clough said: 'We haven't even started our league programme yet and we are already feeling rotten.

'This was an absolutely bizarre game. We had enough chances to score 15 goals and that was the main failing as far as I am concerned.'