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 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.
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."
Oxford United defeated Burton Albion to maintain their 100^% away record. Potter and Rose scored for Oxford. Burton Albion's Ian Sharps was sent off after 36 minutes.
Portsmouth took a point from their away match at Cheltenham. Their goals were scored by Agyemang and Ertl.
Gillingham squandered a one-goal lead at Crawley, McFadzean and Clarke (2) scored for Crawley - his second in the 81st minute.. Kedwell and Legge were the scorers for Gillingham.
Alex Pritchard gave Swindon the lead, away to MK Dons. He scored with a bending free kick. Nathan Byrne was sent off for stamping on Shaun Williams, then Bamford scored the equaliser. MK Dons thought they had scored a late winner, but it was ruled offside.
Gillingham Football Club has lost an appeal against a racial discrimination case brought by a former player. Mark McCammon was awarded £68,000 last year over his dismissal by the club in 2011. He claimed he was refused treatment and docked wages.
The club lodged an appeal against the ruling it sacked the striker in an act of racial victimisation. John Ryall has the story.