Gillingham Football Club statement on the departure of Martin Allen

It is with great regret that the Club announces the contract of Manager Martin Allen has been terminated with immediate effect.

The Club would like to place on record its deepest gratitude to Martin for all his hard work over the past period and indeed for achieving promotion to League One as Champions last season, however in the long term interests of the Club it was felt a change now was essential.

Chairman Paul Scally states, "It is always a hugely difficult time when a managerial change occurs and this moment is no exception, and whilst the decision taken was made unanimously by the Board, it was an exceptionally difficult one, but one which after long deliberation was felt absolutely necessary.

I would like to wish Martin every success in his future career, I have no doubt he will be back managing very shortly and I have very much enjoyed the experience of working with him, on both a business and personal level over the past 16 months"