On the club's website, chairman Paul Scally, explained why he had terminated Andy Hessenthaler's contract.
After lengthy discussions over the past few days with Andy Hessenthaler, the Club's Director of Football, and having refused him permission over the past few months in speaking to other Clubs interested in employing him in coaching/management capacities, I have reluctantly agreed today to terminate his contract with the Club forthwith to allow him to explore these opportunities, and return to football management.
Andy has made a huge contribution to this football club over the past years, and played a major role in the Club achieving the success of this season past, working tirelessly behind the scenes in assisting myself and the team management with a fantastic Championship winning promotion to League One.
Gillingham clinched the npower League Two title today despite surrendering a two-goal lead to AFC Wimbledon.
The already-promoted Gills drew 2-2 to seal their first silverware since 1964 after they claimed the point they needed at home.
Deon Burton and Danny Kedwell gave the newly-crowned champions a 2-0 lead at home over struggling Wimbledon, who are now one point adrift of safety ahead of their final game of the season against Fleetwood.
Jack Midson and Jon Meades both scored after the break for the visitors but they were unable to find a much-needed third goal which would have lifted them out of the relegation zone.
Gillingham secured top spot in League Two after drawing with AFC Wimbledon. Its their first trophy in nearly fifty years. They let a 2 - 0 lead slip, but no one cared as the Gills went up as Champions. Oxford beat Rochdale 3 - 0 in their last home game of the season.
Aldershot gave their slim survival hopes a boost with a 1 - 0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge.
It was a big day for Gillingham in League Two who have sealed promotion with victory over Torquay - today's one nil win secures the Gills a place in League One next season. Our reporter John Ryall sent this report from the Priestfield Stadium.