16:20 01 July 2015
By GFC Media
Steve Lovell Justin Edinburgh
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: First Team Coach
Steve Lovell returned to the club in January 2014 as Youth Team Manager having previously spent five years at Priestfield as a player, and a further eight later in his career as Head of the Football in the Community.
Lovell, a Welsh International, is the club’s sixth highest goal scorer having netted 104 goals in 275 appearances in all competitions between 1987 and 1992.
Following his departure he played for, and managed, a number of Kent clubs before joining Charlton Athletic as a member of their coaching staff.
He was Youth Coach at Priestfield for just under a year before being named part of the caretaker management setup in early 2015, with Chairman Paul Scally announcing his promotion to First Team Coach following the appointment of Justin Edinburgh in February.
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 Justin Edinburgh and Andy Hessenthaler to aid injury prevention and post-match treatment.
Hemens is joined in the medical department by a number of interns to help the recovery of all players on the roster.
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.