The coaching team at Plainmoor
ALAN Knill was a tough centre-half in his playing days. Born in Slough, he developed his game as a trainee with Southampton. He signed as a professional with the Saints in 1982 but was unable to break into the first-team, prompting a move north to Halifax Town.
Three years at The Shay enabled him to cement his professional credentials and a switch to Swansea City arrived in 1987. His next stop was Bury, where he would later return as a managerial saviour.
Toward the end of his four seasons at Gigg Lane, he enjoyed a brief spell on loan with Cardiff, later moving to Scunthorpe in a permanent deal. The final club of his proud playing career was a stint at Rotherham between 1997 and 2001. His one Welsh cap was a World Cup qualifier against Holland in 1988.
Alan’s managerial career began with Rotherham in 2005 and his experience with the Millers was put to good use during a spell on the coaching staff at Chesterfield.
A return to Bury arrived in February 2008 and the union immediately worked. His first full season in charge of the Shakers ended with the club finishing just one place outside the automatic promotion slots.
Alan then had to deal with the disappointment of a semi-final play-off defeat to Shrewsbury on penalties, but he was back in the promotion race for the 2010-11 season. Bury were flying high when Championship outfit Scunthorpe came looking for a former hero.
The Iron were sadly on the decline and Knill was unable to save the club from relegation after many of the stars procured by Nigel Adkins had left for bigger clubs. Alan departed Scunthorpe last October and took over for his initial spell as United boss in February.
He would spend the next three months covering for Martin Ling, who was away on sick leave. Alan would guide the Gulls to League 2 safety in memorable fashion and was named permanent boss in May 2013.
SHAUN Taylor began his playing career in the non-League with St Blazey and Bideford before the Devonian signed for Exeter in 1986 at the age of 23.
The powerful centre-back soon established himself as a Grecian legend, captaining the club to the Fourth Division Championship in 1990.
A big-money move to Swindon followed and Taylor played alongside Ling in the Robins' team that reached the Premier League, where he featured in every game the club played in the top flight.
The final move of his playing career was a four-year stint with Bristol City, joining the Ashton Gate coaching staff upon his retirement.
His coaching career then took him to an assistant manager position at Forest Green Rovers and then as a youth coach back at Exeter.
It was from here that Ling appointed Taylor as his assistant two weeks after moving into the Plainmoor hotseat.
Shaun is kindly sponsored by Chris & Ella Gadd
KENNY Veysey started life as an apprentice goalkeeper at Arsenal but moved down to Devon after failing to make the grade with the Gunners.
A brief spell with Dawlish Town alerted United to his talents and Kenny soon established himself as the Plainmoor number one.
After three years as a Gull, the Londoner signed for Oxford, later joining Reading, Exeter and Dorchester Town before returning to United in 1997, seven years after his departure.
His playing career ended with short stints at Plymouth and Taunton Town. Ken first joined as goalkeeping coach in 2000 and his current spell as a member of the backroom team began in 2007.
CLINICAL DIRECTOR OF SPORTS MEDICINE, PHYSIO & REHAB
DAMIAN Davey is currently in his third stint as United physio, having also worked for Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle.
He is a highly qualified sports practitioner, specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and sports injury management.
Damian is a former trainee at Argyle and the son of Plmouth legend Steve Davey.
HEAD OF YOUTH
GEOFF Harrop enjoyed a playing career with Colchester United and in Cyprus and Australia before moving back into the coaching sphere at Colchester.
He then moved on to Rushden & Diamonds and Northampton, from whom he signed for United in the summer of 2010.
TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT COACH
ROBBIE Herrera began his impressive playing career with QPR, joining the Gulls on a loan deal in 1992 before signing a permanent deal with Fulham.
Five happy years at the Cottage came to an end when the talented left-back signed for United in 1998 and would make well over 100 appearances in the famous Yellow shirt.
Robbie ended his professional playing days at Leyton Orient and spent many years in the non-League game before joining the United youth department.
FIRST-TEAM PERFORMANCE ANALYST
MATT Williams is a highly qualified coach and works as the performance analyst for our first-team.
He is also heavily involved with the youth-team set-up, currently combining his analyst role with the position of operations manager for the Academy.
Matt has also worked as youth-team coach for the Gulls.