SHEFFIELD UNITED: Alan Knill lucky to be alive

Shaken: Former Millers boss Alan Knill had a  lucky escape .
Shaken: Former Millers boss Alan Knill had a lucky escape .
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UNDER-PRESSURE boss Alan Knill - who is set to face Sheffield United on Saturday - says a near-death experience with a squirrel has put his managerial problems into perspective in the week when fans were calling for his head.

The Scunthorpe United manager, cycling in Sheffield where he lives, was sent flying when a squirrel ran out in front of his bike and stuck in the wheel, catapulting him over the handlebars.

“It was serious at the time, I was flying through the air and for a minute I thought I might have been in trouble because I landed on my head,” said Alan.

He feared he could have died and added: “Then, all of a sudden I thought: ‘I’m not, I’m alive!’ I’m worrying every night about football, but it’s so stupid, I could have been dead on Monday. You have to put things into perspective.

“I don’t cherish the situation we’re in at the moment but there are worse situations.”

The one-time Rotherham manager, travelling at an estimated 20 miles an hour, suffered cuts and bruises and said he was “pretty bruised” but he was able to attend Scunthorpe’s cup tie with Notts County the next day. That’s when he was subjected to boos and calls for his head from fans after a sixth successive defeat but he says his lucky escape puts everything into perspective.

Blades boss Danny Wilson is not likely to bring anyone in before Saturday’s trip to Glanford Park. The loan window re-opens tomorrow andWilson said earlier this week that he was poised to move. But unless a specific target becomes available, he will go with the winning squad of last weekend.