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Management Profiles

Full information on the Gills' management team

Neil Harris

Position: Manager


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Neil Harris joined the Gills as first-team manager on January 31, 2022, agreeing a two-and-a-half year contract at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

He replaced Steve Evans, who departed a few weeks prior following the Gills 4-0 defeat to Ipswich. Steve Lovell had since been in charge in a caretaker capacity.

Neil had previously been in charge of Millwall and Cardiff City, winning promotion to the Championship with the Lions via the play-offs in 2017.

His playing career began with Cambridge City before arriving at the Den for his first playing spell in 1998. He scored 98 times in 270 appearances before signing for Nottingham Forest in December 2004, via a short loan spell with Cardiff.

His time at the City Ground lasted a little over two years, and with first-team options limited he was signed by the Gills, then under the management of Neale Cooper, on a season-long loan deal in August 2005 which proved a fruitful one. He netted six times in 39 outings.

Harris returned to Millwall for a second playing spell in January of 2007 and after scoring a further 40 goals, he became the club’s all-time record goalscorer. An 18-month spell with local club Southend followed, before finishing his career with Wrexham.

He retired in June of 2013 after failing to get over a knee injury.

He moved into coaching and was soon thrust into a caretaker managerial role at Millwall following the dismissal of Steve Lomas, and he was trusted to perform the role a second time when Ian Holloway was sacked. Neil took over and very nearly kept the club in the Championship.

Althouigh that battle was ultimately lost, Neil was given the managerial job on a full-time basis just 24 hours following relegation, and David Livermore was taken on as Assistant. The Lions returned to the second tier two years later, defeating Bradford 1-0 at Wembley.

In October 2019, Neil resigned as manager at The Den but was quickly back in work, taking over at Cardiff just a few weeks later. He was dismissed as boss in January 2021 and had twelve months out of the game before arriving at Priestfield.


David Livermore

Position: Assistant Manager


David arrived at MEMS Priestfield Stadium under Neil Harris, the pair having worked together previously at both Millwall and Cardiff.

A central midfielder as a player, who could also operate in defence, he began his career with Arsenal but made his professional debut for Millwall having signed for the Lions in 1999.

Two years later he was celebrating being a part of the side that won the division two title, and in 2004 he played in the FA Cup Final against Manchester United at Wembley.

Having made over 300 appearances for Millwall, Livermore joined Hull City in the summer of 2006 and spent two years with the team before electing to join Brighton two years later.

Spells at Barnet and Histon followed, and he eventually took on managerial responsibilities for the latter, but returned to the Den in 2012 to become Youth Coach. Within a few years he was promoted to Assistant Manager under Harris, and followed the former Gills striker to Cardiff having resigned at Millwall.


Deren Ibrahim

Position: Goalkeeping Coach


Deren arrived as Goalkeeping Coach at Priestfield in February 2022, replacing Ian Pledger who departed prior to Steve Lovell's spell in temporary charge.

Ibrahim, 31, played for the full Gibraltar international side on eight occasions and represented a number of local Kent sides, including Dartford, Sittingbourne and Maidstone before retiring in the summer of 2019.


James Russell

Position: Fitness Coach


James returned for a second spell as part of the sports science team in February 2018 having initially joined as part of Martin Allen's backroom team in the summer of 2012 and was heavily praised for his role in helping the squad win promotion.

He had worked at Notts County and Rochdale prior to his arrival at MEMS Priestfield Stadium, and moved to Barnet to join Allen when he became Manager at Underhill in 2016. Currently he heads up the Fitness team at ME7 and works closely with Neil Harris and David Livermore. 


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.