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Gornal part company with Knight after just nine games
10:38am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
GORNAL Athletic parted company with manager Brian Knight this week and replaced him with former Sutton Coldfield Town Under-21’s boss Matthew Price.
Knight paid the penalty for a poor start to the season which saw Gornal lose six of their nine league matches.
But it was Knight’s struggle to attract local players that really caused his downfall.
Gornal chief executive Kevin Williams claimed: “Brian was a lovely guy, but he didn’t know the local scene and couldn’t attract players as a result.
“We had to think of the club and following a committee meeting on Monday, decided to part with Brian by mutual consent”.
The irony of Matthew Price’s appointment is that he applied for the job when Ian Rowe departed Garden Walk to join Tipton Town in the summer, but lost out in preference to Brian Knight.
Price, who at 35, works for the FA as a Football Development Officer, was previously in charge of Bilston Town Reserves and then had a short stint as assistant manager with Coleshill Town.
He has also coached West Bromwich Albion ladies and worked with their academy sides, but its at Sutton that he has enjoyed the most success winning the Midland Combination Under-21 Division and being named Manager of the Year.
Price now intends to bring some of those players who enjoyed success at Sutton to Gornal.
He said: “I’m not out to wipe the slate clean, there are some players at Gornal that I plan to keep and I’ve already spoken with skipper Ravi Sangha.”
Price has been quick to contact some of his former charges. He expects to bring in six or seven players ahead of Saturday’s trip to top of the table Highgate United.
They will include Michael Bloore from Sutton Coldfield Town, Rushall Olympic player Carlos Thompson and Tony Okome who previously played at Coleshill under Price.
He added: “There was some talk about getting the Highgate game put back to later in the season, but we have to get on with things. We’ve got a difficult start, but I’m looking to hit the ground running.”
Knight’s tenure at Gornal came to a close following last Saturday’s 5-0 defeat at Quorn.
By Knight’s own admission, Quorn played his side off the park and the manager’s plight wasn’t helped when recent signing Anthony Bevas quit Gornal this week to sign for Southern League Premier side Hinckley United.
He also brought in a number of potential recruits .
He claimed: “Most of them are not up to scratch at this level. In fact there are some players currently in the side who shouldn’t be there.”
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