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Gillingham manager Martin Allen says he is not a quitter and vows to work even harder

Martin Allen
Martin Allen

I’m no quitter, insists Gillingham boss Martin Allen.

The Gills may have endured a torrid start to the League 1 season but Allen is remaining as bullish as ever.

He said: “I’m not going to quit, flipping hell. No, I’m not going to quit. Work harder, get your head down, look at myself first and foremost, that’s the most important thing."

He added: “When you are winning everything is OK and when you lose, they blame the manager. That’s how it is with the job I am in.

“If you don’t like it, don’t take the job in the first place. Only five months ago I was getting loads of letters from people saying ‘don’t leave us’.

“I haven’t had any letters yet but there are probably people thinking ‘get out of here as quick as you can’. That is the world I live in.”

Allen knows all too well how cut-throat football can be, with little job security.

He said: “I’ve got a contract through until the end of this season. There was all the speculation last year that I would be looking to get on my bike but I made it clear there was no way I was going anywhere else.

“I had a two-year deal and I promised Mr Scally that I would work two years. As far as I am concerned, nothing has changed.”

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