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Gillingham FC Fight for League 1 Survival

Can Gillingham beat the drop?

It seems a distance memory now, but for parts of last season the Gills perched on top of League one and the then manager Justin Edinburgh’s looked a real deal and every inch a young manager with heaps of potential. And then the slump. By the end of the season Gillingham not only missed out on promotion but failed to even make the play offs.

This season saw a reluctant managerial change by Chairman Paul Scally after a string of poor performances that say Ady Pennock return to the club as coach and a new management system put in place. Now the Gills had a fight on their hands and saftey – not promotion – was the clubs target.


Since the change the club has been unable to turn it around and after their one all draw with fierce derby rivals Millwall they languish one place above the relegation spots, just one point separating them from a relegation spot. As another blow, arch rivals Millwall on the other hand climbed into a play off position.

Can the Gills turn it around?

It’s hard to see where it has all gone wrong, perhaps Edinburgh’s assessment when they were flying high – and that was they were punching above their weight – was true. But Scally is correct when he says there are too many good players at the club to be in the position they are is true, isn’t it?

Paul Scally’s paper he published back in 1995 for Gillingham’s future, titled the ‘Pathway to the Premiership’, looks very much off track and certainly a far fetched pipedrea, at least – that is – for the time being.

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Dan is Managing Director for Inspire Kent and Choice Group Asia Media Group, which includes some of the biggest media for foreigners in Thailand.

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