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Chairman backs manager to take club forard again after promotion
Gillingham chairman Paul Scally has backed Martin Allen to take the club back to the Championship after sealing promotion in his first campaign.
Scally appointed Allen last summer with promotion to League One as the big target, and with that achieved the club is going for the title. But the chairman is thinking one step beyond and feels the club is well positioned with Allen at the helm, and with the squad he has to make it back to the theh second tier.
“We’ve brought in a lot of good players and characters,” he said. “They are a really nice bunch of people, that’s how it feels, like the team of 1999.
“What will be inter sting and exciting is to see how they cope with League One, I think they will cope really well and will do well in the Championship. The team of 1999, Smith, Hessenthaler, Ashby, Butters, could go through two, or three divisions, I think if we can keep it all together, and we can keep him (Allen) here, he’s the man that can take us back to the Championship.
“There are a lot of chairmen that are fearful of him, that will work in our favour (to keep him). If chairman aren’t bold enough to think outside the box then they aren’t going to go anywhere. That different style has brought that success that we’ve had this afternoon.
“He’s certainly not mad, I don’t know why he’s got that nickanme, I would call him OCD, he would accept that. That’s what makes him special. It’s his attention to detail. He gets the results.”
Scally admitted it was the icing on the cake to celebrate promotion at Priestfield, the first time that’s happened at the club.
“When we got promoted at Fulham in 1995/6 season, it didn’t feel like it. We went into the dressing rooms and someone came in and told us about Bury, s we went back out (and celebrated). It didn’t feel like a promotion, although we went out in Fulham road that night as I remember.”
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