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.
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
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."