Gillingham appoint Steve Lovell until end of the season

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 16 November 2017, 15:42

52 days after parting ways with Ady Pennock, Gillingham have finally announced their new manager in the form of interim boss Steve Lovell who has penned a deal until the end of the season.

Lovell was placed in charge of the first team in late September following the departure of Pennock. The 57-year-old went on to enjoy a successful stint as caretaker, leading the previously struggling Gills to four wins from seven games, suffering only the one defeat.

During this time Lovell registered eight points in the league, steering the club to 22nd to within two points of safety. The Gills have also ventured into the second round of the FA Cup (vs Carlisle) and the last-32 of the Checkatrade Trophy (vs Oxford), beating Reading 7-5 in a memorable group stage encounter.

He’s subsequently been awarded the job until the end of the season, and will be tasked with steering the club to League One safety.

On Saturday the Gills travel to 17th-placed Walsall, who they can draw to within a point off should they come away victorious.

On the appointment Gillingham chairman Paul Scally said:

"I'm delighted that Steve is going to remain first-team manager until at least the end of the season, and hopefully a lot longer.

"I'm really pleased about that, I'm delighted to give Steve the chance.

"I think he has done an incredible job over the last few weeks in some very difficult circumstances for the club.

"Probably, if I hadn't been so involved in the legal case in the High Court then we would have made this appointment two or three weeks earlier, but it's never too late."

(Quotes: Kent Online)

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