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Gillingham caretaker boss Steve Lovell not keen to ply trade anywhere else

By Craig Tucker

Steve Lovell is only interested in being Gillingham’s manager.

Lovell remains in caretaker charge while chairman Paul Scally decides who will replace Ady Pennock at Priestfield.

His impressive record of four wins from six games and only one defeat is one that could appeal to other clubs – but Lovell is all about Gills.

Gillingham caretaker boss Steve Lovell wants the role full-time Picture Barry Goodwin

Gillingham caretaker boss Steve Lovell wants the role full-time Picture: Barry Goodwin

He said: “All I can say is I’m just happy to be in this position, to be working with the group of players I’ve got and getting the response I’m getting out of the players. Hopefully, I can continue that and continue getting results.”

Asked if Gillingham is the only job he wants, Lovell added: “At the moment it is, of course it is, because this is where I am. I love the club, I always have done, I’ve been associated with this club for over 20 years.

“It’s where I am at the moment and that’s what I’m solely 100% committed to do.”

Lovell believes his years in non-league management have helped him make a success of his caretaker stint.

The Welshman had two spells in charge of Sittingbourne and was also Ashford boss before rejoining Gills. He said: “The non-league days as a manager do help you because you do everything.

“They say it’s semi-professional but it’s not, it’s a full-time job and I admire the managers now who are working in non-league because it’s tough.

“You deal with the players, you deal with training, you deal with signing this, signing that, so it puts me in good stead when I’m here because I like to be in control of nearly everything within reason.

“It’s a much better place to be at when you’re at a professional football club because the training facilities are great here, the players are great, the staff I’ve got working for me are great and I just love being around the football club.”

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