Following the sacking of Justin Edinburgh on Tuesday, League One side Gillingham have moved quickly to appoint Ady Pennock as the new head coach.

The ex-defender became a Gills favourite during his playing career, spending six years at the club and captaining the side in their play-off final victory in 2000.

As his playing career slowed down, Pennock turned to Non-League to ply his trade and played for Gravesend & Northfleet (now Ebbsfleet United). Eventually he hung up his boots and became manager of Welling United.

After a successful couple of years at the London club, he moved to Premier League side Stoke to work under his former Gillingham boss, Tony Pulis. After ten years at Stoke, he finally took charge of club again, returning to Non League in 2013 to take the reigns of vegan side Forest Green Rovers. Bizarrely at the end of last season, he was relieved of his duties a week before the club were due to take part in the play-offs.

Pennock will be joined by Welling United manager Jamie Day and Bromley Assistant Steve Lovell. The three have a large amount of Non League experience and the appointments represent a big step up into League One.

Gillingham Chairman Paul Scally has faith in his new managerial team despite their lack of higher league experience, stating “I am convinced they will enhance the performances of the first team going forward”.

Currently sitting in 17th place, Pennock’s first game will away to Oldham and will he hoping to get the revert the 2-1 loss inflicted earlier in the season.

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