That record has convinced the Millers 05 board to give Knill the job on a longer term basis and chairman Peter Ruchniewicz believes he has earnt the chance. Talking to the club's official site he said: "Everyone knows the club is going through the pain of reconstruction after relegation from the Championship. However, Alan has worked well with the players at his disposal and they have responded positively to his style of management and coaching."
Knill was also given the role after Ronnie Moore was sacked almost one year ago and although Knill has the respect of the players he was originally against the idea of taking over on a long term basis. " My job is assistant manager / first team coach and last time I kind of dived in foolishly and the whole thing is about results. I just wanted to learn for two years of another manager and see where that took me, I haven't changed my opinion" Knill told BBC Radio Sheffield in December.
However, with growing acceptance from the fans Knill has had a change of heart. "It has been a tough season for all sorts of reasons but I am delighted to get the chance to move the club forward." said Knill on the official site. Knill will lead his side in to a crucial game against Port Vale tonight but will do so with big absentees as there are up to five first team players missing.