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Bury manager Alan Knill rewarded with new contract

Alan Knill
Knill's Bury are currently on a seven match unbeaten run

Bury manager Alan Knill has signed a contract extension at Gigg Lane until the end of next season.

The 46-year-old joined the club in February 2008 from Chesterfield, where he had been assistant manager.

Knill had previously played for the Shakers between 1989 and 1993, making 144 league appearances at centre-half, before moving on to Scunthorpe.

The club have also confirmed that assistant Chris Brass has extended his contract for the same length of time.

Knill had previous managerial experience at Rotherham where he spent 15 months in charge before spending 11 months as assistant manager at Chesterfield.

The Welshman told BBC Radio Manchester: "I took this job as it was a chance for me to start again. Obviously I'd been a manager then assistant manager and this was a chance to be a manager again and it's gone pretty well.

"I want to make the football club better if I can and the first thing was to make it a competitive League Two team and that's where we are at the moment."

Knill lead the club into the play-offs in his first season in charge in 2009, losing out to Shrewsbury on penalties, and looked set to repeat the feat last season before a poor end to the season saw the team finish ninth.

The Shakers have again made an impressive start in League Two and currently sit third after 13 games.

Director Brian Fenton told the club website: "Alan's management of the team has been exceptional since his arrival and the changes he has implemented throughout the football club have made us better, and continues to do so on a daily basis.

"We are all delighted to see Alan and Chris extend their stay with Bury Football Club."

Meanwhile, the Shakers are looking for an emergency loan signing after goalkeeper Cameron Belford was ruled out "for some time" through some time.

The 22-year-old faces scans to determine the injury.

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