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Pennock’s Gills run is over as manager leaves club by mutual consent

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By Alex Beard

Gillingham have announced this morning that manager Ady Pennock has left the beleaguered League One side by mutual consent.

Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Rochdale turned out to be the 46-year-old’s last game for the club, as their ‘revival’ of a week ago – which saw them pick up their first league win of the season against Charlton – proved to be short-lived.

Pennock leaves the team third from bottom in League One, having recorded one win, three draws and five defeats from the club’s opening nine fixtures.

Gillingham made a short statement this morning, announcing that Pennock had left the club along with first team coach Jamie Day.

They thanked both Pennock and Day for their services to the club and wished them well for the future, promising that chairman Paul Scally would make a further comment later on today.

The former Forest Green Rovers boss joined Gills in January of this year, and succeeded in preserving their League One status last season.

Pennock had a fine seven year spell with the club as a player, and despite last season’s modest success after replacing Justin Edinburgh, he hasn’t managed to replicate that fruitfulness as manager.

Recent weeks have seen former Aston Villa and Newcastle player Nolberto Solano linked with the managerial position at the Priestfield Stadium, with the Peruvian said to be eager to work in England.

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