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Gillingham head coach Ady Pennock will be working with Peter Taylor from next season

By Luke Cawdell

Ady Pennock is delighted to be teaming up with former boss Peter Taylor at Gillingham.

Pennock got approval on Monday to continue as Gills’ head coach by chairman Paul Scally, ending a fortnight of uncertainty at the club.

Taylor – twice a manager of the Gills – returns as director of football to work alongside Pennock, the man who captained his play-off winning side at Wembley.

Gillingham head coach Ady Pennock Picture Ady Kerry

Gillingham head coach Ady Pennock Picture: Ady Kerry

Head coach Pennock said: “I am happy to have got the job and looking forward to working with Peter.

“He was my manager in 2000 when we got promotion and his experience and contacts are invaluable.

"I know him, trust him and that is important.”


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Pennock, 46, has been working every day at the club since the end of the season, despite his own position being uncertain.

Following Mr Scally’s decision to retain his services, he spent this week contacting the
out-of-contract players.

He and Taylor will need to decide who of the 12, which includes striker Cody McDonald, deserves a new deal. Many are on holiday, however, meaning the task has been made more complicated.

Pennock is also working on deals for new players. Even before being given the job, he had been putting together a hit-list of potential signings. He said: “I am looking forward to pre-season but there is a lot of work to be done between now and then.”

More on the Gills in this week's Medway Messenger newspaper

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