Gillingham manager sacked

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

Gills training ground closed

Gillingham, Priestfield
Training will be behind closed doors this week Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Gillingham's training sessions will take place behind closed doors this week following the sudden sacking of manager, Martin Allen.

On it's website the club announced: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused to supporters planning to attend training sessions, and we appreciate your cooperation in respecting the players privacy as they prepare for the visit of Preston North End on Saturday."

Gillingham state reasons for sacking manager

Gillingham manager Martin Allen who has been sacked Credit: Press Association Images

Gillingham Football Club statement in full: 'It is with great regret that the Club announces the contract of Manager Martin Allen has been terminated with immediate effect.

'The Club would like to place on record its deepest gratitude to Martin for all his hard work over the past period and indeed for achieving promotion to League One as Champions last season, however in the long term interests of the Club it was felt a change now was essential.

'Chairman Paul Scally said: "It is always a hugely difficult time when a managerial change occurs and this moment is no exception, and whilst the decision taken was made unanimously by the Board, it was an exceptionally difficult one, but one which after deliberation was felt absolutely necessary.

"I would like to wish Martin every success in his future career, I have no doubt he will be back managing very shortly and I have very much enjoyed the experience of working with him, on both a business and personal level over the past 16 months."

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