ANDY: I’D HAVE GOT GILLS UP AS WELL
GILLINGHAM legend Andy Hessenthaler claims he could have guided the Gills to promotion had he been given more time as boss.
The 47-year-old left his role as director of football on Tuesday after two spells as manager and 303 league appearances for the club.
He was replaced by Martin Allen in 2012, but believes the hard work had been done.
“We were building and I felt at the time that replacing me was the wrong decision,” said Hessenthaler. “Martin Allen has done a fantastic job, but obviously a small part of me thinks: ‘That could've been me’. I do believe I’d have taken the club up as well.
“I respect the club too much and have a great relationship with the chairman, so I took the director of football role to stay part of what I felt we were building.
“But with the money that became available thanks to the (Paulo) Gazzaniga and (Matt) Jarvis deals, and from selling Luke Rooney , I think I would have won promotion.”
But Hessenthaler hopes the Gills win another promotion.
“Hopefully the club can kick on and get back into the Championship as I was lucky enough to manage the club there and it was an absolutely brilliant time.”
EX-BOSS: Andy Hessenthaler