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It’s promotion or bust for the next Gills boss

The departure of long-serving manager Andy Hessenthaler a fortnight ago sent a clear message to all Gillingham supporters ahead of next season.

Despite an unbeaten four match sequence at the end of the previous campaign, the Kent-based club missed out on the Npower League Two play-offs places, bringing an end to Hessenthaler’s second spell of two years at the Priestfield Stadium.

The fact that fans favourite Hessenthaler was forced to step down from his role, indicates the Gills’ short term objective of reclaiming their place in the third tier of English Football.

A list of potential successors has been assembled, with Hessenthaler moving into his new position as the director of Football at the League Two club, a role that the former Gills boss is greatly looking forward too.

Looking forward to the challenge

Speaking to the official Gillingham website Hessenthaler said: “It will be an interesting role and we will see where we go with it in the next few months but I am looking forward to the challenge.”

The emergence of several youth players was one of the main positives to come out of last term and Hessenthaler believes youth could play a key role in getting the club promoted.

He continued: “You only need to see what happened last season with the likes of Connor Essam, Jack Evans, Callum Davies and Ashley Miller getting first team football and they are really young boys.”

The task of bringing success to the Priestfield Stadium is certainly an attractive one. The Gills certainly have the foundations in place to stage a promotion bid and take the first steps back towards a return to the Championship.

By Daniel Ludlam

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