11:38 09 March 2015
By GFC Media
Justin was announced as Gillingham Manager in February 2015 shortly before the club’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Priestfield, and just three days later recorded his first win as Manager after a 2-1 victory over Peterborough at London Road.
He arrived in Kent following a three-and-a-half year stint at Newport County where he guided the club back to the Football League after a 25 year absence.
Prior to that he had applied himself in non-league with Billericay Town, Fisher Athletic, Grays and Rushden Diamonds who unfortunately went into liquidation during the summer of 2011.
As a player Justin started his career at Southend United before earning a big move to Tottenham Hotspur where he won the FA Cup in 1991 and the League Cup in 1999, despite being sent off in the final against Leicester City.
After a decade at White Hart Lane, which saw the left back make over 250 appearances for Spurs, Edinburgh signed for Portsmouth, initially on loan, in March 2000 where he played 34 league matches before taking over as Player/Manager at Billericay in July 2003.
Position: Assistant Manager
Hess returned to the club in June 2014 as Peter Taylor's number two having enjoyed a long relationship with the club since signing from Watford in the summer of 1996.
Andy went on to play over 300 times for Gills across a ten year spell, being an integral part of the team that clinched promotion to the Championship under Taylor in 2000.
He took over as Player/Manager following Peter's move to Leicester and secured the club's highest ever league finish in 2003 by securing 11th position in the second tier.
After being reunited with Taylor via a short loan stint with Hull, he left Priestfield in 2006 to join Barnet.
He had over a season at Underhill before taking over as Player/Manager at Dover where he guided the club to back to back promotions, narrowly missing out on a third after defeat to Woking in the Conference South play-offs.
His success in non-league attracted the attention of Paul Scally who brought Hessy back as Manager on a three year deal, but after two eighth placed finishes in League Two he stepped down and took up a role as Director of Football.
He left that role at the end of the 2012/13 season, but after a season scouting for Burnley, Andy agreed a deal to come back as part of Taylor's new look backroom team.
Position: Development Manager
Mark is currently in charge of the club’s development team and will be heavily involved in bringing some of the younger players and `fringe` squad players in to first team consideration with the side playing regular development matches.
Patterson has enjoyed a successful playing career which saw him play for Derby County, Plymouth Argyle and Gillingham – however his debut in the professional ranks was made at Carlisle United where he made 22 appearances before signing for Division One Derby for a fee of £60,000.
Patterson finished his career at Priestfield having been forced to retire due to a serious knee injury.
He spent four seasons as Youth Manager at the club (2006-10) but returned in 2012 to assist Andy Hessenthaler with his coaching set up.
Position: First Team Physiotherapist
Gary arrived at the club in September 2012 following the departure of James Barker to Crawley Town. He has worked closely with Peter Taylor, John Schofield and James Russell to aid injury prevention and post-match treatment.
Hemens is joined in the medical department by Luke Powis who is the youth team physio.
Position: Academy Manager
Darren returned for a second stint at the club following the appointment of Andy Hessenthaler as manager in July 2010 and has been responsible for seeing a number of younger players being considered for first team action.
Hare played for a number of Kent clubs during his 14-year spell as a player including Dover, Gravesend and Folkestone, and was regarded as one of the best strikers in Kent football.
Darren got into the world of coaching at an early age, carrying out the role of Kent County Football Association’s Youth Development Officer, despite the fact he was still playing regularly for Canterbury City at the time.
During the 04/05 season Darren was appointed Head of Youth at the Priestfield for the first time, and was in charge of the first team for one game following Hessenthaler’s departure.
At the end of the season Hare left Gillingham to take up a senior role in Crystal Palace’s Academy, but was back in Kent football in 2007 when he became Assistant to Hessenthaler at Dover Athletic, a position he would hold before returning to the Gills.
Position: Schoolboys Development Manager
Bryan has been in charge of Gillingham’s Centre of Excellence, now Academy, since 2008 and in that time has overseen a complete overhaul of the club’s youth system.
Bryan however started coaching at the Club back in 2000, working heavily with all of the current younger first team squad members such as Callum Davies, Jack Evans, Connor Essam, Jack Payne and Ashley Miller.
Bryan's role includes responsibility for all the players in the clubs development program who are still at school.
He works closely with Darren Hare and Foundation Stage (5 to 11's) Coach Rob Peck to give younger players the platform they need to display their talents and progress through the system.
During his time at the club the likes of Matthew Jarvis, Andrew Crofts, Luke Freeman and Ryan Bertrand – the latter winning a Champions League medal with Chelsea at the end of the 2011/12 season, have all moved from the Youth Development program to clubs that have played in the Premier League.