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Steve Lovell says he'll be disappointed if he is overlooked for Gillingham job


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Steve Lovell is keen to land the Gillingham management job full-time.

The Gills coach was put in charge on Thursday following Peter Taylor’s decision to stand down as director of football, ending his own spell as interim boss.

Lovell led the Gills to a spirited 1-0 win at Peterborough United on Saturday.

“I want to do it,” he said. “I want to get my teeth into it and I want to be given time to do it.

“If it doesn’t happen, then that is the chairman’s decision, but I would be very disappointed if I wasn’t given the chance.”


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The Gills remain in the bottom four of League 1 after registering only their second league win of the season.

That poor start has already cost Ady Pennock his job and Taylor was unable to get a win during his three league games at the helm.

Lovell doesn’t know how long he’s got in charge but it’s a quick turnaround for the Gills as they host league leaders Wigan on Tuesday.

“They don’t come any harder than that,” he added. “They (the Gills players) are going to be in a better mood going into that game on Tuesday than they would have done had we not won on Saturday, so credit to them.

“There is more to come from them, I said to them ‘all right, we’ve won the game 1-0 but there is more to come. You shouldn’t just rely on that’.”

Lovell has certainly enjoyed being in at the deep end.

He said: “It is horrible when people go from a football club, but unfortunately that is football. I have been kicked out of this club by managers in the past.

“When you get an opportunity to come in you have to grab it. You don’t get too many opportunities in football.

“I am a Gillingham supporter managing Gillingham and I love it. I have loved working with the boys and they’ve responded magnificently. Victory was the icing on the cake.”

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