The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Dominic Hodg­son

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

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