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Chairman appears to rule out Nobby Solano for the job

4 years ago
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After Gillingham parted company with their manager on Monday, Nobby Solano was instantly installed as favourite to get the job.

A media exclusive 10 days previous (see below) had said the former Newcastle midfielder was set to take over at the relegation strugglers.

However, the Gillingham Chairman has appeared to rule the Peruvian out, stating ‘Solano is not one of the people on my list’.

I suppose he could always be added to that list…?

The message from the Chairman of the League One strugglers hasn’t had any effect on the betting, with actually Nobby Solano now as short as 11/8 to get the Gillingham job.

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally speaking to BBC Radio Kent:

“Nobby Solano is not one of the people on my list.

“It’s a tedious, difficult and thankless task finding a new management team because we hope everyone we employ will do better, but there are no guarantees.


“We could bring in Jose Mourinho and it might not work out for him.

“As always, there are numerous applictions, lots of names put to us from home and abroad, many are people we don’t know much about but come from credible sources.

“I think it is linked with me talking to some fairly significant investors at the moment for a very different future for the club I have to take into account what the investors might be considering so we may be looking for a short term fix until December or the end of the season or we give them a two-year deal.

“Whoever takes on now will be on the basis of the squad we have and possible additions in January.”

The Mag – 25 September 2017:

An exclusive 10 days ago claimed that Nobby Solano was going to land his first management job in English football.

It was said the former Newcastle midfielder would take charge of Gillingham after they had played against Charlton on Saturday 16 September, regardless of the result.

After not winning any of the first seven League One games, Gillingham won 1-0 and manager Aidy Pennock stayed in the job.

On Saturday though, a 3-0 defeat at Rochdale proved the final straw.

Gillingham releasing this official statement earlier today:

‘Chairman Paul Scally outlines the short-term management plans following the departure of Ady Pennock.

Following Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Rochdale I spoke to both Ady Pennock and Jamie Day on Monday morning and, after some frank discussion, it was mutually agreed to terminate their contracts with immediate effect.

I would like to thank them both for their tremendous hard work and I’m extremely disappointed that their hard work didn’t result in a more positive outcome. Ady, without doubt, deserved his chance to run the team and I’m just sorry it didn’t work out for him.

As is always in these cases the search will now begin for a new manager.

In the interim Director of Football Peter Taylor will oversee the coaching and the running of the next few games alongside Steve Lovell, Mark Patterson and Goalkeeping Coach Glen Johnson.’

Now third bottom with one win from nine, Peter Taylor is the second favourite for the job but the bookies have made Nobby Solano 2/1 favourite.

There are also claims being repeated from 10 days ago, that Nobby Solano will have former Leyton Orient manager, Ian Hendon, as his assistant.

Betting to be next permanent Gillingham manager:

2/1 Nobby Solano

4/1 Peter Taylor

10/1 Chris Powell

16/1 Billy Davies

16/1 Owen Coyle

16/1 Walter Zenga

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