September 28th, 2016

Change at the top for Knowle after Dean Donaghy retirement

Updated: 7:49 pm, Aug 12, 2015

IT HAS been a summer of change for Knowle following the emotional departure of long-serving manager Dean Donaghy (Docca) who stepped down from his role last season after four years at the club.

His former assistant, Chris Knott, has stepped up to the plate and knows he has big shoes to fill on the eve of the new Midland League Division Two season.

Knott is a familiar face to Knowle fans having been at the club for almost 20 having first supported the club as a youngster before joining as a goalkeeper at the age of 17.

The 28-year-old won plenty of honours as a player during his time with Knowle but three years ago his playing career was cut short due to a nasty injury which resulted in him stepping into coaching.

This season the new manager will be supported by assistants Paul Farnell and Grant Harrison in player/coach roles. The former has played over 400 games in the first team and recently moved to the area after spells at Hastings United and Eastbourne Town.

Knowle start their season on Saturday with a home match against Austrey Rangers at Hampton Road and they then head to Chelmsley Town next Tuesday.

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