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Paul Scally is already working on a replacement for Justin Edinburgh after sacking him on Tuesday

By Luke Cawdell

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally looks set to replace Justin Edinburgh quickly.

Edinburgh and his backroom team were sacked on Tuesday morning following a 1-0 defeat to Oxford United.

Mr Scally was working on ideas for a new management regime on Monday night and into the early hours of this morning.

Gills chairman Paul Scally Picture Barry Goodwin

Gills chairman Paul Scally Picture: Barry Goodwin

He said: “I have a concept in my head that I was working on last night and will be doing that some more today.

“I don’t intend to go into a huge interviewing process, that’s for sure.

“I have asked our other coaching staff to take training today. After talking to the players I will start to put into place news on how we should go for the rest of this season and the seasons ahead.”

It was Mr Scally’s first day back at work following recovery from a heart operation.

He said: “It has been a very difficult morning and it is the part of the job I hate the most.

"Unfortunately as chairman of the club I have to look at the bigger picture, the club, the future of the club, what is right for the club. Absolutely in my heart I know that the decision I have made is the right decision.”

Edinburgh’s time at the club started in impressive fashion, challenging at the top of League 1 this time last year, but 2016 was forgettable.

The Gills are currently 10 points outside the play-off positions and sit 17th in the table.

A lacklustre display against Oxford was the final straw for the chairman.

He said: “I don’t believe that the players weren’t trying, I just don’t think they felt comfortable with the way we were trying to play, or how we were trying to play. I am not sure they even understood exactly how we were supposed to be trying to play.

“I think it is an organisational issue rather than a quality issue.

“The upside is that we have a squad of very talented players, there is not a bad egg in the camp and they all want to do very well as a team and whoever comes in is going to find them a very receptive bunch to work with.”

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