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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. 

Following the departure of Ady Pennock, and then Peter Taylor, in October 2017, Lovell took over on a caretaker basis before being made permanent manager a month later until the end of the season. Following a good run of results, Steve was given a new two-year contract before the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Mark Patterson

Position: First-Team Coach

Patterson is one of Steve Lovell's right hand men and has been involved at the club for a number of years, primarily as Youth Coach and Academy Manager. He and Ian Cox assist Steve Lovell with coaching duties on the training ground.

Mark 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. He returned to the role of Youth Team manager before stepping up to assist Lovell in October 2017.


Ian Cox

Position: First-Team Coach

Ian joined Steve Lovell's backroom staff immediately following his caretaker managerial appointment in October 2017. The centre-back, who played 16 times for Trinidad & Tobago, featured 167 times for the Gills between June 2003 and May 2008 having also enjoyed spells at Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Burnley.

Coxy had previously been involved with the club's community scheme before making the step up to first-team coach.


Ben White

Position: Youth Team Manager

Ben joined the club's staff in January 2018 following Mark Patterson's promotion to first-team coach. Ben had an immediate impact, going the remainder of the season unbeaten at home and guiding his side to the Merit League 1 division championship.

White, a former apprentice at Priestfield himself, had previously worked at Peterborough and AFC Wimbledon before beginning his coaching career at Priestfield. The highlight of his time at the club so far was the 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the third round of the FA Youth Cup in December 2018.


Bryan Bull

Position: Academy 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 club's 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.