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Can Allen bring the required success to the Gills?

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally has announced that former Barnet, MK Dons and Notts County boss Martin Allen will take charge of the club, with the sole target of achieving what former manager Andy Hessenthaler failed to do.

Scally’s decision to part company with Hessenthaler at the end of last season reaffirmed the League Two outfit's intention of making a swift return to League One.

The former Gills boss was given two full seasons in charge at the Priestfield Stadium but failed in his attempts to win promotion back to the third tier.

As a result, he was removed as manager and given a new role as director of football.

Scally remained patient in appointing a successor but Allen (pictured) is now expected to be given a two-year contract, likely to be extended if he can guide Gillingham to promotion.

The 46-year-old former QPR and West Ham midfielder is now in his seventh job in his nine years in football management. His most recent came at the end of the last campaign in which he lead League Two counterparts Barnet to safety on the final day.

Despite holding a decent managerial record, in which he has won more games than he has lost, Allen has yet to lead a team to promotion. With Scally’s demand for instant success, a first one could be just round the corner.

By Daniel Ludlam

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