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Ady Pennock is believed to be close to taking over as Gillingham's new boss with Andy Hessenthaler also involved

Gills look set to name Ady Pennock as their new boss.

Chairman Paul Scally sacked Justin Edinburgh following the 1-0 home defeat to Oxford on Monday and immediately made his move for Pennock.

The former Gills player is believed to have met Scally on Tuesday evening to iron out the details of a deal that will see him take charge until the end of the season.

Ady Pennock could be heading for the Gills Picture: Dave Budden
Ady Pennock could be heading for the Gills Picture: Dave Budden

Pennock has watched a number of Gills matches this season and was in the crowd for the match against Oxford.

Also in the stands on Monday was former Gills manager Andy Hessenthaler, sacked by Leyton Orient in September, and he is being lined up as director of football.

The new set-up will also include two coaches.

Mr Scally has said he was keen for a quick appointment, following Edinburgh’s dismissal, and a coaching team appears to be his preferred choice, with Pennock heading it up.

Ian Hendon
Ian Hendon

Among the candidates for the coaching roles are Ian Hendon, who was at Gills as assistant manager under Hessenthaler before joining West Ham’s backroom team under Sam Allardyce.

He most recently worked with Hessenthaler at Leyton Orient and the pair watched several games at Priestfield together.

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Current Welling manager Jamie Day is also under consideration after being Pennock's assistant at Forest Green last season.

Welling boss Jamie Day. Picture: Dave Budden
Welling boss Jamie Day. Picture: Dave Budden

The pair are working together at Park View Road where Day has recently returned for his second spell in charge. Pennock was recruited by Welling chairman Mark Goldberg in a consultant role at the end of November.

Pennock was third in our online poll of who fans wanted to take charge at Priestfield, behind Hull-bound Gary Rowett and Kenny Jackett.

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