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News Archive > Sport > Ex-reserve team boss drives into St Austell hot seat

Ex-reserve team boss drives into St Austell hot seat

By Gareth Rowett 6th September 2017

Ex-reserve team boss drives into St Austell hot seat
NEW MAN: Chris Knight in his previous spell as reserve-team boss at St Austell

FORMER reserve-team boss Chris Knight is the man who has been picked to become the new first-team manager of St Austell.

As the Voice first predicted on August 16 the Lillywhites have turned to Knight to take over after joint-managers Jason Chapman and Daniel Nancarrow stood down at the start of the season.

The former reserve-team boss has been persuaded to take on the role and will have long-term assistant and close friend James Powell as his right-hand man.

Speaking to the Voice Knight said: “I am looking forward to getting started.

“There are some fantastic players at the club and they just need some stability and that is what I hope we can provide.

“It is still very early days and other than the FA Cup we have every competition to play for.”

Knight played for St Austell in the late 1990s and after a spell at Sticker returned to Poltair to help the team’s rise through the Duchy League’s while also winning the Cornwall Junior Cup in 2012.

Knight’s side beat Illogan RBL in the final at Saltash and after standing down to spend more time with wife Laura and his young family he will return to football and take charge of the club’s first team.

It is a bold move by the club and they are hopeful that he will be able to transform the club’s fortunes having endured a difficult start to the new campaign.

A statement released by the club said: “The club are delighted to announce the appointments of Chris Knight as first team manager and James Powell as assistant manager.

“Everyone at the club would like to wish them all the very best in their new roles as we now look to focus on the season.

“Their passion for the club and desire to succeed is evident for all to see and we look forward to seeing them in the dugout.”

They also paid tribute to caretaker manager Phil Lafferty who took charge of three matches following the resignation of Chapman and Nancarrow after their opening-day defeat against Stoke Gabriel.

They added: “We would also like to thank Phil Lafferty for taking time from his busy schedule in overseeing first team duties for the last three games.”

Knight was due to take charge of the team for the first time when they hosted Ivybridge last night.

They will have no time to rest as they enter the FA Vase on Saturday when they host Bishop Lydeard at Poltair Park.

Kick-off will be at 3pm.

Meanwhile former St Austell favourites Craig Holman stood down as manager of Dobwalls at the weekend.

By Gareth Rowett 6th September 2017

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