The head coach spoke to the press following his side's draw against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday
“I thought the fans were great, they’re absolutely Pennock on…his reception and the Gills fans:first class here and I wanted to give them something to shout about. I’m frustrated for them but overall I thought the work rate and endeavour we put in was very good.
“Last time I walked out of the tunnel, I had to say goodbye [upon his retirement], so this was the next best thing. I’m very humbled and I’m going to work my socks off for this football club.”
“I’ll be in tomorrow with the chairman. I said last week that the finances have got to be right for the club, and most importantly, he’s got to fit into what we want to do here. Pennock on…incoming signings and returning players:
“We have a long list [of targets]. It’s been frustrating but we’re getting closer to [deadline day on] Tuesday, so we’ll be getting some new faces in. The squad is small – we need a bigger squad and more competition.
“[Substitute] Bradley Garmston was going to play against Dagenham & Redbridge in a friendly on Tuesday, but in training this last week he’s been nice and bright, and he's not felt anything in his hamstrings. He’s got good pace, a good left peg, and I wanted another threat.”
Gillingham 1-1 Shrewsbury Town: match report