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Gillingham sack manager Justin Edinburgh

Gills have sacked boss Justin Edinburgh this morning.

The Gills lost 1-0 at home to Oxford in League 1 on Monday, and picked up just one point from three games over the festive period.

They are 17th in the table, just eight points above the relegation zone.

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Justin Edinburgh was sacked by the Gills before taking over at Northampton Picture: Andy Payton
Justin Edinburgh was sacked by the Gills before taking over at Northampton Picture: Andy Payton

Edinburgh was appointed Gills boss in February 2015 after leaving League 2 Newport.

He has been under increasing pressure this season, but survived a dismal FA Cup first round replay defeat against non-league Brackley in November.

Gills chairman Paul Scally confirmed the news on Tuesday morning, after meeting with Edinburgh and his coaching team.

Assistant manager David Kerslake and coach Wayne Hatswell have also gone.

Chairman Paul Scally said: "Having returned to work yesterday, this is obviously a difficult decision to begin 2017 with.

"I have been very keen to work with Justin and his coaching staff, I have become close friends with them over the past two years, and that is what makes this decision even harder. I have great respect for them and everything they have done for the club.

"I'd like to express my gratitude to Justin for his efforts, he has tried extremely hard to turn things around. However, the form over the past 12 months has not been as good as expected, and yesterday's defeat was the final straw.

"Nonetheless, Justin is a manager of great ability, and I have no doubt he will go far in football."

A year ago Gills were second in League 1 - just one point behind leaders Burton. But they were beaten 3-2 in a televised game at Wigan on January 7, 2016, and never really recovered their form.

Injuries disrupted Edinburgh's plans at the start of this season and they have picked up just four wins in their last 16 league games.

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