Wharton: Knill’s time was up

Scunthorpe chairman Steve Wharton admits the club ran out of

patience with the run of poor form under former boss Alan


Knill was relieved of his duties on Monday morning following the

club’s ninth league defeat of the season at the weekend.

“We have not taken the decision lightly and I have to say it is

never easy,” Wharton told the Iron’s official website.

“The last few weeks have become increasingly difficult and

eventually I had to make a decision that it was time for a change.

It has been building, but I think the final straw was that it

wasn’t getting any better and we have been as patient as we can


“At times I think we played some very good football and to be

fair to Alan he is a very good coach. It seemed that somehow we

have lacked the desire and confidence and it is the manager’s job

to instill that.

“But as a manager, and particularly at a club like Scunthorpe

where we have achieved what we have in recent times, that is even

more important.”