Portsmouth stalwart Alan Knight appointed Dorchester boss

Alan Knight
Knight made 683 league appearances over 22 years for Portsmouth

Blue Square Bet South side Dorchester Town have appointed former Portsmouth keeper Alan Knight as their new boss.

The 50-year-old takes over after the departure of Ashley Vickers at the end of last month.

The club currently sit in 11th position, six points off the play-offs and 10 clear of the relegation zone.

"It's great to be given the chance. It's something I've always wanted to do and it's a club I have a soft spot for," Knight told BBC Radio Solent.

"Obviously I've worked under a lot of very good managers and now is my chance to make my mark.

"There's some good players here and they've been on a decent run."

Phil Simkin, who has been in caretaker charge of the club since Vickers left, has overseen an up-turn in the club's fortunes and Knight is keen to retain his services.

"I spoke with Phil after I got the news. He's disappointed not to have got the job which is only natural but I would like him to stay on board.

"I'm looking forward to the chance to work alongside him."

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