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STAFF PROFILES

Full information on the Gills' management team

Adrian Pennock

Position: Head coach

Pennock needed little introduction to Gills fans upon his appointment as head coach on January 4, 2017, having played 199 times for the club. He joined from AFC Bournemouth in October 1996, and made his debut the following month in a League Cup defeat against Ipswich Town. 

He famously captained the side in the 2000 play-off final against Wigan Athletic at Wembley, which the Gills won 3-2 to gain promotion to English football's second tier for the first time in the club's history, before injury forced him to retire in January 2003. So popular was he that he even had a fan club set up in his honour by Gills fans.

After two-and-a-half years in charge at non-league Welling United, he joined Stoke City in the summer of 2007, initially serving as their youth coach, before becoming their first-team coach in 2011.

He was appointed manager of Conference Premier side Forest Green Rovers in November 2013; after guiding them to tenth at the end of his first season in charge, Pennock led the Gloucestershire-based club to their best-ever finishes of fifth and second at the end of the 2014/15 and 2015/16 campaigns respectively. 

Most recently, Pennock served as a consultant to Day at Welling United, a role he started in November 2016.

 

Steve Lovell

Position: First-Team Coach

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. 

 

Jamie Day

Position: First-Team Coach

An Arsenal academy product, Day has earned a reputation as one of England's brightest coaches, having transformed the fortunes of Welling in his two spells at Park View Road. He got the Wings promoted back to the Conference in 2013, and oversaw five wins from as many games following his return as manager in November 2016. 

Day also boasted a 40 per cent win rate during four months in charge of Ebbsfleet United from December 2014 to April 2015, and also served as Pennock's assistant at Forest Green Rovers. 

 

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.