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Director of football Peter Taylor says lots of managers want Gillingham job

By Luke Cawdell

Gillingham caretaker boss Peter Taylor insists there are no shortage of candidates for the permanent position.

Not since Stan Ternent departed at the end of the club’s stint in the Championship more than a decade ago has a manager left of his own free will.

Ady Pennock became the latest casualty on Monday, leaving Priestfield by mutual consent.

Peter Taylor watches Tuesday's game against Scunthorpe from the back of the main stand. Picture Andy Payton

Peter Taylor watches Tuesday's game against Scunthorpe from the back of the main stand. Picture: Andy Payton

Taylor was sacked himself by Gills chairman Paul Scally midway through the 2014-15 season.

But despite the pitfalls, being in charge at Gillingham remains attractive.

Taylor said: “I am sure the chairman has been inundated with emails or texts from agents and representatives of potential managers.

“I am sure there are a lot of people out there who would either have it as their first club or they would be experienced managers who would say they know the level and all that.

“I have seen quite a lot of the emails that have come in and people do want to work.”

Asked if the club’s position – in the League 1 relegation zone – would put them off, Taylor said: “If that has put them off, then we probably wouldn’t want them anyway.

“I think, if you are realistic, you are going to come in here and it’s going to be a fight.

“We have to be organised, hard to beat and you have to get the best out of your players. That is the job.

“People look at the position we are in and so and so and if people want the job, then they have to believe in themselves that they are going to turn it around.

“It will take a certain type, a type that knows players for this level, because there is no point coming here thinking you are going to play like Barcelona – that won’t be the case, it’s unrealistic.

“It is a right battle from now through to December before you can then sign some players and that is the job in hand.”

Read the full story in Thursday's Medway Messenger

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