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Gillingham manager Martin Allen targets League 2 title after club's promotion success

Martin Allen
Martin Allen

by Luke Cawdell

Gillingham boss Martin Allen vowed "we’re not finished yet” after leading the club to promotion on Saturday.

Allen, pictured, and his team now want the League 2 title to cap a fantastic season at Priestfield.

He said: “We are a work in progress and not finished yet. The challenge at the beginning of the season was to get promoted, but now we have the chance to win the championship. With the right results, preparation and focus, then who knows what can happen?”

Allen has confided in his players and staff all season and it was a collective decision to go for the title, rather than ease off.

He added: “We asked the players a few weeks ago (what they wanted to do) because there was a school of thought saying let’s just get promoted, then chuck all the lads in, the kids who have been working so hard behind the scenes.

“But the players didn’t want that and we don’t want it. It hasn’t been about promotion – it’s just to go the whole way.”

Allen, who has won promotion twice before as a player while at West Ham, was delighted to have achieved that feat now as a manager for the first time.

He said: “It’s an amazing feeling. We (the management staff) had a cup of tea afterwards on Saturday, we hugged each other about 100 times. I am chuffed to bits.”

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