Alan Knill sacked as Torquay manager

ALAN Knill has been sacked as manager of Torquay United after back-to-back defeats against local rivals Exeter and Plymouth left the Devon side second bottom of League Two.

The former Bury boss was only officially appointed to the role at Plainmoor in the summer after guiding Torquay to safety last season as temporary manager.

But he fared less well this season after only managing five victories in the first half of the campaign.

Knill looked safe in the job after his side won 3-1 at Bury at the start of November.

But after losing at home to Rochdale in the first round of the FA Cup, Torquay picked up just eight points from their next nine matches, culminating in a 2-0 defeat at Plymouth on New Year’s Day.

Knill had been working with no assistant manager after his number two, Chris Brass, left to join up with David Flitcroft at Bury last month.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:00pm Thu 2 Jan 14

easylife44 says...

Not that I care much, after leaving us to our own devices right before the promotion....but there is a certain irony about all this. We start the year with a thumping of a good team on their own ground which is orchestrated by Messrs Flits& Brass...and Squirrel head is out of work.

How is that "Power move" from Gigg working out for ya?
Not that I care much, after leaving us to our own devices right before the promotion....but there is a certain irony about all this. We start the year with a thumping of a good team on their own ground which is orchestrated by Messrs Flits& Brass...and Squirrel head is out of work. How is that "Power move" from Gigg working out for ya? easylife44
  • Score: 3

1:35am Fri 3 Jan 14

RONNIEJAWS says...

I am more forgiving over time to Alan Knill. It has illustrated in his career as a football manager how dodgy a job it is. His brief spell at managin in the Championship might end up being the highest he ever gets? At the time I was angry with him, but looking back not long afterwards, I got the feeling we were stalling again. Ever since missing our penalty shoot-out chance against Shrewsbury we had been falling off each season. It needed a fresher voice in the dressing room, and we had that 'Mmiracle of April' 2011. But it was Knill who reshaped and built that team and brought Lowey in on a free.
I am long past the initial anger and feelings of betrayal I felt to Knill, or also Barker. We should be thankful for the good things they did for us. They had to work with the last Board of buffoons. We should reserve our ill feelings all to the loud mouthed whale the last board appointed manager, who then mistreated, and got rid of all the good players Knill brought in to Bury and Barker got promotion with.
I am more forgiving over time to Alan Knill. It has illustrated in his career as a football manager how dodgy a job it is. His brief spell at managin in the Championship might end up being the highest he ever gets? At the time I was angry with him, but looking back not long afterwards, I got the feeling we were stalling again. Ever since missing our penalty shoot-out chance against Shrewsbury we had been falling off each season. It needed a fresher voice in the dressing room, and we had that 'Mmiracle of April' 2011. But it was Knill who reshaped and built that team and brought Lowey in on a free. I am long past the initial anger and feelings of betrayal I felt to Knill, or also Barker. We should be thankful for the good things they did for us. They had to work with the last Board of buffoons. We should reserve our ill feelings all to the loud mouthed whale the last board appointed manager, who then mistreated, and got rid of all the good players Knill brought in to Bury and Barker got promotion with. RONNIEJAWS
  • Score: 5

2:38pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Eileenshakers says...

Although i agree with most of your comments Ronniejaws i think perhaps after careful reflection that Knill got what he deserved the cold feeling of being felt unwanted and failing in his tasks to be a football manager.

Torquay United are not a nice football club owned by a person shall we say who dismissed Martin Ling when he had returned to work having recovered from a health issue only to be told his services were no longer wanted.

I wouldn't want to take another person's job on that basis and for me they TUFC deserve to be relegated in to the abyss for that.

I agree AK did a lot of good things at our club recruiting raw young players and a few old heads moulding an excellent and competitive team.

I think perhps he has issues away from football which perhaps are impecting his ability to manage a football club.

I wish him well in any case and hope that he can perform some useful role at another club in the future.
Although i agree with most of your comments Ronniejaws i think perhaps after careful reflection that Knill got what he deserved the cold feeling of being felt unwanted and failing in his tasks to be a football manager. Torquay United are not a nice football club owned by a person shall we say who dismissed Martin Ling when he had returned to work having recovered from a health issue only to be told his services were no longer wanted. I wouldn't want to take another person's job on that basis and for me they TUFC deserve to be relegated in to the abyss for that. I agree AK did a lot of good things at our club recruiting raw young players and a few old heads moulding an excellent and competitive team. I think perhps he has issues away from football which perhaps are impecting his ability to manage a football club. I wish him well in any case and hope that he can perform some useful role at another club in the future. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 2

8:06pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Lisasmit says...

Alan, As Joni said. "You don't know what you had until it is gone"
A man has to know his limitations...
Alan, As Joni said. "You don't know what you had until it is gone" A man has to know his limitations... Lisasmit
  • Score: 3

7:43pm Sat 4 Jan 14

RONNIEJAWS says...

its ok to just call me ron eileen. there won't be a confusion with jepson anymore. i agree about torquay's shabby record over ling. we all work for companies or bosses who aren't nice or moral at times. we have little control of that often as first responsibility of us little people is to earn a living and look after our family. so i will be a bit more tolerant when its not a greed issue, but a need one.
i have no idea about knilly's other issues so won't pass comment.

simply even after the dusts settle after a divorce, the other parent is still a parent to the children. we should just try to remember and thank the good he did for us in something that is a business for them all.

read a thing in m/c evening news where owen hargreaves said that the only loyalty comes from the fans in football. nowhere else.
its ok to just call me ron eileen. there won't be a confusion with jepson anymore. i agree about torquay's shabby record over ling. we all work for companies or bosses who aren't nice or moral at times. we have little control of that often as first responsibility of us little people is to earn a living and look after our family. so i will be a bit more tolerant when its not a greed issue, but a need one. i have no idea about knilly's other issues so won't pass comment. simply even after the dusts settle after a divorce, the other parent is still a parent to the children. we should just try to remember and thank the good he did for us in something that is a business for them all. read a thing in m/c evening news where owen hargreaves said that the only loyalty comes from the fans in football. nowhere else. RONNIEJAWS
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree