Gillingham manager sacked

Gillingham Football Club have sacked their manager Martin Allen after 16 months in charge.

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Interim Gills boss would 'love full time role'

Interim Gillingham boss Peter Taylor says he would love to do the job full-time. The former England Under-21 manager, who also led the Gills to promotion more than a decade ago, said he was happy to lead the team on a temporary basis.

But he said that he hoped to do well enough to be given a permanent deal. Taylor left Gillingham to manage Premier League Leicester after winning the Division Two in 2000.

He said only the offer to manage a top-tier club would have led to his departure, and he hoped Gills fans would welcome him back. The Gills have lost 8 out of their last 11 games.

Martin Allen statement after Gillingham dismissal

The following statement is from Martin Allen, following his dismissal by Gillingham Football Club.

It goes without saying that I am deeply disappointed to have been relieved of my managerial duties at Gillingham, having enjoyed some fantastic results in my 16 months in charge.

I leave Gillingham with some fantastic memories and I am extremely proud to have guided the club to the League Two title in that time, their first in nearly 50 years. On a personal note I was extremely honoured to have been voted by my peers as the League Two Manager of the Year following the success we all enjoyed.

Any club who achieves promotion will face challenges moving up a level so it is with regret that I have been dismissed after just 6 league losses this season. With 2 great wins from our last 3 matches as well as being four places above the relegation zone at this early stage of the season, I was extremely confident that we would meet our league targets this campaign.

At this stage I would like to wish the players the very best for the rest of the season and I thank them for the hard work they have put in and the great attitude they have shown throughout my time in charge. I would also like to thank the staff at the club, it has been a pleasure to work with you, and of course I must pay tribute to the fantastic supporters of Gillingham with whom I have enjoyed a truly wonderful relationship.

– Martin Allen, ex-Gillingham Football Club manager

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Allen out, Taylor in - changes at Gillingham

Gillingham FC has named a new caretaker manager following the sacking of Martin Allen, the man who won them their first league title in 49 years.

Although the Gills achieved promotion last season they have struggled in League One, losing eight of the past eleven games.

Chairman Paul Scally said he was grateful for Martin Allen's work - but that Peter Taylor would now take the club forward in his place. Derek Johnson reports.

Taylor no stranger to South coast

Peter Taylor has previously managed Gillingham Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Peter Taylor is no stranger to the South Coast. He has managed a number of teams in the Meridian region.

He started his management career with Dartford between 1999 - 2000. Between 1993 - 1995 he was at Southend Sunited, before moving back to Kent to look after Dover Athletic between 1995 - 1996.

His first stint in charge of Gillingham was in 1999 - 2000 when he took to the Division Two play-off finals and the FA Cup Fourth Round.

In 2001, he took over at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Peter Taylor appointed interim manager

Peter Taylor has been appointed as interim manager Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A statement on the club's website from chairman, Paul Scally said: "I have received already a huge response from potential new candidates such that the process of considering a replacement manager is clearly going to take some considerable time.

"With that in mind... I contacted Peter Taylor this afternoon to ascertain whether he would consider coming back to the Club on an 'interim manager' basis pending a full time appointment to be made in the weeks ahead.

"I am delighted that Peter has accepted this role and he will take responsibility for the team with immediate effect, meeting the Management and Players tomorrow morning, and taking charge of our game against Preston on Saturday and thereafter until a permanent appointment is made."

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