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Brass is solid addition to United's backroom team

By Herald Express  |  Posted: March 21, 2013

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NEW Gulls boss Alan Knill hasn't just been strengthening his hand on the pitch, for he's added Chris Brass to his coaching team.

Brass, 37, was Knill's assistant at Bury and Scunthorpe.

It represents a happy return to Plainmoor for Brass, 37, nearly 20 years after he first came here as a player.

Born in County Durham, full-back Brass worked his way up from an apprenticeship at Burnley, and it was early in his eight-year career at Turf Moor that he was sent to Torquay to gain experience under Don O'Riordan in the autumn of 1994.

He thoroughly enjoyed his two months at Plainmoor, but returned to Burnley, where he eventually made more than 150 appearances.

Chris went on to play for York, where he was player-manager for a while, Bury and non-League Hyde.

He bumped into Torquay again in 2005, when he played against the Gulls in a replayed FA Cup tie during a loan spell at Harrogate Town. United eventually won on penalties in North Yorkshire.

Brass ran Bury's Centre of Excellence before becoming Knill's assistant at Gigg Lane and later at Scunthorpe.

While Shaun Taylor remains assistant manager at Plainmoor, Brass is helping out until the end of the season.

"I've known and worked with Chris a long time, and I'm pleased that he's offered to come down," said Knill.

"Shaun has been great and is very supportive, but Chris was available and I just wanted another pair of eyes to help us.

"There's so much at stake at the moment, and any move that can help us to get out of trouble is worth taking."

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