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Management Profiles

Full information on the Gills' management team

Steve Lovell

Position: Manager

Lovell scored 104 times during a Gills career that began in 1987. Capped by Wales six times, Lovell also played for Crystal Palace, Millwall and AFC Bournemouth, before hanging up his boots. He went on to work for the club’s Football in the Community team (now the Gillingham Football Club Community Trust), as well as serving as an under-17 and under-18s coach.

He was part of the four-man caretaker management team who guided the Gills away from the League One relegation places in January 2015, and then served as first-team coach under Justin Edinburgh between February 2015 and May 2016. 


Mark Patterson

Position: Development Manager

Patterson is currently in charge of the club’s development team and will be heavily involved in bringing some of the younger players into first team consideration with the side playing regular development matches.

He enjoyed a successful playing career, one which saw him play for Carlisle United, Derby County, Plymouth Argyle and the Gills.

Patterson finished his career at Priestfield after being forced to retire due to a serious knee injury.

He spent four seasons as Youth Manager at the club (2006 to 2010) but returned in 2012 to assist then manager Andy Hessenthaler with his coaching set up. 


Bryan Bull

Position: Schoolboys Development Manager

Bull 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. 

He started coaching at the club back in 2000, and his current role includes responsibility for all the players in the clubs development program who are still at school.

During his time at the Gills, 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 onto Premier League clubs.