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Who’s next for the Gillingham hot seat?

Who should be the next manager to take up the reins following Adrian Pennock’s departure? The Gills365 Pubcast’s James Hawkins offers a quartet of candidates



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So, we’re back to square one again. We’re 10 games (including cup matches) into the season and the home dugout at the Priestfield Stadium needs a new main man again. Who could it be?

Let’s take a look at some of the possible contenders:

Nolberto Solano

Surely it’s too much of a wild name for it not to be true, isn’t it?

Managing in Peru, could bringing ‘Nobby’ to the club prove a masterstroke? What you have to ask yourself is what was Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink doing before he arrived at Burton Albion? Nothing.

Appointing Solano could potentially work wonders for Gills, but is it worth a punt? With no league experience, people could argue it’s no different from when we hired Ady Pennock, but it’s a change and sometimes change is good.

Nigel Adkins

Sheffield United, Southampton, Reading. Adkins would never come to Gillingham, would he?

Potentially I think he could. That’s because is he is eager to get back into work.

He has unfinished business at this level after what happened at Sheffield United and he did very well at Scunthorpe, but it’s unlikely a Championship club would hire him at this point.

We could offer him the perfect opportunity to get his foot in the door and firing on all cylinders again. He’s organised, plays good football and is proven.

Chris Powell

Powell took Charlton from 23rd to 1st in a year with no budget at this level. Sound familar?

He’s had a couple of assistant manager jobs and has said in numerous interviews he wants a number one job next.

He’s local, ambitious and hungry. The Gills squad may not be his set of players, but they certainly wouldn’t be allowed to get away with stuff, and Powell knows what he wants. Surely he’d be a perfect fit?

Martin Allen

Unfinished business? I think so. ‘Mad Dog’ led the club to its first title in 50 years. He loves the club, and is a legend in a different way to previous managers. He had such a fantastic way with the fans, his teams are hard to beat and will grind out results and, of course, we all want to see Monty back, don’t we?

There’s my four. Whoever gets the job will take over at the most vital time at the football club in many years. Let’s just hope the managerial change makes the season, not breaks it.