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Gillingham chairman Paul Scally calls for patience

13 January 2015

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally has called for patience from the club's supporters while he looks for a new manager.

In an open letter to the club's fans, which is over 1,000 words long, Scally dismisses speculation about who might be in line to succeed Peter Taylor by insisting he has 'no idea' who will be the next boss at Priestfield and invites supporters to submit their recommendations for the job.

"I would like to take a few moments to update you on exactly where we are in our search for a new manager," Scally begins in his letter on the club's official website.

"Given I was somewhat caught unprepared for a managerial change, the process of receiving, evaluating, considering and acting upon CV's began immediately and I am flattered to have received many applications from a cross section of footballing individuals. At today's date, I have not met with any candidates face to face.

"I understand in such situations speculation can run rife, especially on forums, and indeed I have seen 'bookies favourites' mentioned, most, if not all of whom I have neither considered or in some cases don't even know.

"I would therefore urge you all to be cautious before you waste your money on speculation, as at this stage I have no idea myself who the new manager at GFC will be, and I'd probably have a good idea before the bookies.

"This situation will become clearer as we progress the interview stage this week and next. As such we will not fuel rumours, nor speak on individuals either way, but we will get on with the task aware that this is a significantly important appointment that we must try and get right.

"I have no doubt you will all have your own views on who should be the next manager, what type of person should it be, what type of character and personality should he have.

"Whilst we have a large cross section of individuals already to consider, I'd be interested to have your views as supporters as all help is useful. If you have any ideas on anything to do with recruitment please send them to me at the club."

Scally, chairman since 1995, concluded: "Please be patient, this is neither a quick, nor simple task, and whilst we would like to make an appointment as soon as possible, we will not rush into a decision if we do not all feel comfortable with it."

Scally dismissed Taylor on New Year's Eve, ending his 14-month spell as manager, despite the 62-year-old having won two of his last four matches and guiding Gillingham to the Southern Area Final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Since then, a four-man caretaker team, comprising of Taylor's former assistant Andy Hessenthaler, academy manager Darren Hare, Under-18s coach Steve Lovell and development squad coach Mark Patterson, have been in charge - losing all three games.

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