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Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler is not concerned by supporter criticism

Andy Hessenthaler
Andy Hessenthaler

Criticism from supporters is not something that is going to put Andy Hessenthaler off.

He is determined to earn the same reputation at the club for managing as he did playing, where he is regarded by many as a legend.

Hessenthaler (pictured) has taken stick from fans this season but acknowledges that it is all part of the job.

"That’s the game," said the 46-year-old.

"You can be a legend and I am not sure that is the right word for me as a player. I want to become a legend as a manager, that’s my goal.

"I am an ambitious guy who wants to be successful and I felt as a manager in the Championship I was a success because we stayed in the division – finishing highest in the club’s history – and that was a tremendous achievement.

"Every manager goes through a spell where fans are not happy, but I am doing my job as I see it.

"There are obviously a lot of people who think they could do my job better and I am sure a lot of managers have gone through it; even Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool manager) and he has won a cup final already and he is getting grief.

"It’s part of the game and I am not worried about that. I want to be the best manager for this football club. So far, for the last two years, I wouldn’t be. We haven’t achieved anything.

"Hopefully I can reach that goal for a personal level and for the football club."

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