Gillingham have confirmed this morning that manager Adrian Pennock has left the League One strugglers by mutual consent. He is the fifth manager to lose his job in League 1 and 2 this season, following the dismissal of Justin Edinburgh, Gary Caldwell, Michael Brown and John Sheridan. It can come as no surprise when you look at the performances last season and then the poor start to this season.
Gillingham have won just once in the opening nine games and 3-0 defeat at Rochdale this weekend was the final nail in the coffin for the unpopular manager. The Gills chairman is set to make a statement later on today and D3D4 will update you in this post when that happens.
Gillingham Chairman Paul Scally made the following statement regarding Pennock’s dismissal
“Following Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Rochdale I spoke to both Ady Pennock and Jamie Day on Monday morning and, after some frank discussion, it was mutually agreed to terminate their contracts with immediate effect.
I would like to thank them both for their tremendous hard work and I’m extremely disappointed that their hard work didn’t result in a more positive outcome. Ady, without doubt, deserved his chance to run the team and I’m just sorry it didn’t work out for him.
As is always in these cases the search will now begin for a new manager.
In the interim Director of Football Peter Taylor will oversee the coaching and the running of the next few games alongside Steve Lovell, Mark Patterson and Goalkeeping Coach Glen Johnson.”
It remains to be seen who would accept the challenge that faces them at Gillingham. The squad lacks strength in depth and funds are almost non existent but the gritty 1-0 win at home to Charlton last weekend at least offers whoever takes over some hope.
There would need to be a complete change in tactics as the side currently leaves Tom Eaves all too isolated up front and chances and goals have been few and far between. The defence has at least been solid, well mostly but if you cannot find a way to score then, in a tough division like League One, you are going to have very little chance of survival. Peter Taylor will have to use all his experience and know how if he is to get a rise out of the Gills squad who take on Scunthorpe at Preistfield on Tuesday before travelling to Blackburn next weekend.