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Nobby Solano now favourite to fill League One management vacancy

1 year ago

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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