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Dagenham & Redbridge have recruited former Gillingham manager Peter Taylor

By Luke Cawdell

Gillingham’s former boss Peter Taylor is back in management.

Taylor has taken over at National League side Dagenham & Redbridge.

It’s the first managerial role Taylor has had since leaving the Gills in October 2017.

Dagenham & Redbridge have appointed Peter Taylor as manager Picture: Barry Goodwin
Dagenham & Redbridge have appointed Peter Taylor as manager Picture: Barry Goodwin

Taylor quit his role as caretaker manager at Priestfield having been put in charge of the club following Ady Pennock’s departure.

He had previously held the role of director of football at the Gills, working alongside Pennock.

Prior to that Taylor had twice been the manager of the club on a permanent basis, winning promotion with them in 2000 after a play-off victory over Wigan Athletic.

His return wasn’t so memorable, initially joining on an interim basis in the wake of Martin Allen’s exit. He was handed the permanent job and remained in charge until December 31, 2014.

Taylor has been successful in recruiting at the Gills every time he has been at the club and will need to wheel and deal in his new job.

A Dagenham statement said: “Despite the financial constraints that the club will have to work under next season, Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club are delighted to be able to announce that the club’s new managerial team will be Peter Taylor and Terry Harris, who have joined the club in the full knowledge of the situation.”

Taylor isn’t the only manager in the National League with Gillingham connections.

Former player Neil Smith is manager at Bromley while there are a trio of other former Gills managers in the league, with Justin Edinburgh at Leyton Orient, Andy Hessenthaler managing Eastleigh and Martin Allen at the helm with recently relegated Chesterfield.

Maidstone boss Jay Saunders was a youth player at the Gills.

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