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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.'

Ian Millward"s son dies

Tragedy strikes Castleford coach Millward as 19-year-old son dies

Castleford head coach Ian Millward is on compassionate leave following the sudden death of his son.

The Super League club confirmed that 19-year-old Robbie Millward died in a Bolton hospital.

A statement said: 'The club is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Robbie Millward, son of Tigers head coach Ian Millward.

Compassionate leave: Millward's son was rushed to hospital, but later died

Compassionate leave: Millward's son was rushed to hospital, but later died

'Robbie was taken ill at his home in Leigh on Sunday morning and was then rushed to Bolton Hospital where he died later in the evening.

'All our thoughts are with Ian and his family at this sad time.'

St Helens legend Paul Sculthorpe wrote on Twitter: 'Devastated to hear about Robbie Millward. Thoughts go out to Basil and family. Lovely kid.'

Millward, formerly with Leigh, St Helens and Wigan, was returning to England with his team following Saturday's match against Catalan Dragons in Perpignan when he heard the news.