Gillingham’s Director of Football Peter Taylor has left the club after tendering his resignation.
The two-time former manager, who recently took the reins for a third time on a caretaker basis following the departure of Adrian Pennock, publicly distanced himself from the prospect of taking over the team full-time, but there have been suggestions that the former England Under-21 boss was quietly keen to return to the helm as full-time boss.
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No reason has been given for Taylor’s departure, but it represents another unwanted distraction for the club as it battles for form following a catastrophically bad start to the campaign. The news was first reported by Luke Cawdell at Kent Online.
Gillingham have managed just one win in League One so far this season – the 1-0 home win against Charlton – and recent performances have left the fans dismayed.
In the club’s most recent display, live on Sky Sports, Gillingham failed to register a shot on target as they lost 1-0 to Portsmouth.
Steve Lovell and youth team boss Mark Patterson will take charge of the side for Saturday’s game at Peterborough.
Fitness coach Neil Withington has also left the club.
It all means the need for Paul Scally to find a suitable replacement boss becomes even more urgent, with the club running on a skeleton coaching staff and desperate for leadership.
Mansfield’s Steve Evans continues to be linked to the post, along with Cambridge boss Shaun Derry. The betting markets are fluctuating on an almost daily basis, with the current favourite for the job former Bristol City boss – and current Tottenham Acadamy coach – Keith Millen.