Knill clinches Torquay job

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.”