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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.
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.
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.
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."
Gillingham FC have confirmed that Peter Taylor has been appointed as interim manager following the sacking of Martin Allen.
Gillingham chairman Paul Scally has been speaking to our reporter, Derek Johnson, about why he sacked his manager Martin Allen and how he hopes it will improve the atmosphere in the dressing room.
Listen to his interview from Dubai in full:
Martin Allen was appointed manager of Gillingham FC in July last year.
He was presented to the media at press conference by chairman Paul Scally who spoke about Allen as an 'outstanding candidate.'
Watch again what Mr Scally said at the time.
Alan Liptrott, who runs a Gillingham fans' forum, said he was surprising at the timing of the sacking of manager Martin Allen.
He has been talking with our reporter Derek Johnson.