Former Gillingham player Ady Pennock favourite to return as manager

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 03 January 2017, 16:10

Adrian "Ady" Pennock has emerged as the early favourite to replace the sacked Justin Edinburgh at Gillingham.

The Gills axed Edinburgh earlier today (Tuesday) with the League One club down in 17th in the table.

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Pennock made 168 appearances for the Gills between 1996 and 2003, captaining the club up the Old First Division for the first time in their history.

Pennock, who also played for Bournemouth, began his managerial career with Conference South side Welling United back in 2005, before venturing off to Stoke, where he works as a first-team coach and youth team manager.

The 45-year-old return to the dugout with Forest Green Rovers in 2013, twice leading the club into the National League play-offs, only to surprisingly lose his job in April of last year, with Mark Cooper coming in the other direction.

Pennock, who is now working as a consultant back at Welling, was previously linked with a return to former club Gillingham during his time at Forest Green but opted to remain loyal to the club.

Pennock will no doubt consider another approach from the Gills, a job which he is now odds-on for (2/5).

Meanwhile, other names in the betting include Ian Hendon, Dennis Wise and Gary Rowett.

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