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Knill clinches Torquay job

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Tue, 07 May 2013 13:12:00

Thierry Henry remains the highest paid player in Major League Soccer, despite seeing his New York Red Bulls salary cut.

Henry took a drop in basic salary from $5 million to $3.75 million according to figures released by the MLS players union.

The former Arsenal striker's total pay fell from $5.6 million to $4.35 million, still higher than the second best paid player in the league, Robbie Keane.

Ireland captain Keane had the highest base salary in the league, of $4 million, a whopping increase from last season's $2,917,241.

His total earnings rose to $4,333,333 from $3,417,243 after helping the Galaxy win their second straight MLS title.

Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill was third ($3.5 million base, $3,625,000 total), followed by Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan ($2.5 million base, same total) and Montreal forward Marco Di Vaio ($1,000,008, total $1,937,508).

Morgan took charge on a short-term basis a month ago following Danny Wilson's departure and the former Blades captain maintained the club's npower League One promotion challenge, which ended on Monday with defeat to Yeovil in the play-off semi-finals.

The 36-year-old informed chairman David Green of his desire to remain in the job before leaving Huish Park and believes resolving the situation as soon as possible will be best for all involved.

"I want to be the one who leads the lads and I've told the board and the chairman I want the job but it's not my decision," Morgan told reporters after the defeat in Somerset.

"They are the ones who make the decision and I'll probably speak to the chairman on the way home. He's excellent like that. Win, lose or draw he always calls and asks if there is anything he can do or if there is anything we want.

"I feel as though, despite what's happened here, in the three weeks or so we've been in that we've done well.

"It's probably best to have a quick decision so we can start planning straight away. That's got to start right now.

"I haven't made any firm plans in my mind because we've been preparing for two big games. But, yes, I do have thoughts in my mind of what this team and club needs."

The England Under-21 goalkeeper is now back at Norwich and attempts will be made during the close season to strike a deal with the Canaries for another spell with the League One club.

Talks are not likely to get under way until Norwich's season ends on May 19, with the East Anglians currently fighting to preserve their Premier League status.

"We are keen on bringing Declan back," Grayson told the Lancashire Evening Post. "He's under contract at Norwich so we'll see where we go with that one.

"We've offered Thorsten Stuckmann a new deal and Declan is something we'd like to do so that we have two very good goalkeepers here.

"Agreeing a deal with Norwich for Declan is something much further down the line. Norwich's season still has a couple of weeks to go and we have to respect that."

The 48-year-old joined the Gulls in February as a temporary replacement for Martin Ling, who was on sick leave as he recovered from a stress-related illness.

Knill helped steer the club to League Two safety, and after Ling's departure was confirmed at the end of the campaign, the former Scunthorpe boss was offered the job on a permanent basis.

Chairwoman Thea Bristow told the club's official website: "I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Alan Knill as the new manager of our club.

"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."

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