Cambridge boss Shaun Derry tops next Gillingham manager marketby Jack Kitson / 28 September 2017, 11:48Tweet
Nolberto Solano, Peter Taylor, Chris Powell, and Neal Ardley have all been thrown into contention for the Gillingham job since Ady Pennock left by mutual consent on Monday, but now a new name has cropped up at the top of the market: Shaun Derry.
Derry is approaching his two-year anniversary in charge of Cambridge, making him the seventh longest-serving manager in League Two, a division the club have been in since their promotion from the Conference in 2014.
Taylor (8/1), who was sacked by the Gills three years ago, was placed in caretaker charge of the the club after Pennock’s ext, recording a point at home to Scunthorpe on Tuesday, which puts the club one point adrift of safety in League One.
The veteran gaffer, 64, is expected to remain at the helm for Saturday’s tricky trip to Blackburn, where they go hunting for their first league away win in 10 matches, a winless treak which dates back to March.
Derry’s link with Gillingham is a surprise one given that the club would have to fork out a compensation fee for his services, with his contract expiring next summer.
The 15/8 priced (Bet Victor) 39-year-old recently dismissed reports putting him in the mix for the Chesterfield job, with the Spireites now expected to appoint former player Jack Lester on Friday.
Earlier this month Derry told Cambridge News:
“I’m fully, fully focused on my job that I’ve got here at Cambridge United. [I am] coming into my second year now in the role and we’re just starting to see some real progress taking place. It’s good and I’m enjoying it.
“I’ve not started any negotiations [with a new contract] - none whatsoever. That’s out of my hands. All I can concentrate on is Saturdays and Tuesday nights, and I think I do that really well.”
Derry entered into the managerial arena in 2013 with Notts County, and proceeded to save the club from from the dreaded drop down to League Two, however he was axed the following campaign after a rotten run of three wins in 24 games.
Derry returned to the fold with Cambridge in November 2015, finishing 9th that season, then 11th last term, with the U’s currently 10th after 10 games.
I am surprised we're linked with Cambridge United Manager Shaun Derry, I didn't think Gills had the money to pay compensation for a manager— Lee Clifton (@FOM_BLOG) September 27, 2017
I'd take Shaun Derry here at #Gills. Reckon it's unlikely but wouldn't be too unhappy with it.— Henry Collier (@HenryCollier10) September 27, 2017
Can't see anything in Shaun Derry rumours surely we haven't got money to pay compensation, wouldn't want him either— Matt Tillman (@Mattytillman24) September 28, 2017