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Hessenthaler and Jackett join Gills

Andy Hessenthaler and Kenny Jackett have joined the Gills as Head of Recruitment and Director of Football respectively.

5 January 2023

Andy Hessenthaler and Kenny Jackett have joined the Gills.

The club is delighted to announce the appointments of both Andy Hessenthaler and Kenny Jackett.

Hessenthaler returns to MEMS Priestfield Stadium as Head of Recruitment with Jackett taking up the role of Director of Football.

Andy, 57, leaves his role as Dover Athletic manager to take up his new position at ME7 while Jackett was most recently in charge of League 2 side Leyton Orient. They join the club with immediate effect and will work closely with the board of directors, and manager Neil Harris.

Hessenthaler played over 350 games for the Gills and, as manager, guided the club to their highest ever league finish of 11th in the Championship.

Jackett, capped 31 times by Wales during his playing career, has three promotions to his name as a manager (Swansea, Millwall and Wolves) and also won the EFL Trophy in 2018-19 during his time with Portsmouth. The 60-year-old spent his entire playing career with Watford, making over 400 appearances.


Interviews with both will follow in due course. We officially welcome Andy and Kenny to the Football Club.

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