Jackson hoping he won’t be history
BOTH Gillingham manager Peter Taylor and Town boss Michael Jackson are hoping to stay in their respective jobs for next season – but the pair admit they have no idea if they will be.
Taylor guided the Gills to their highest league position since 2007 following this bore draw at the Priestfield.
Captain Adam Barrett headed the Gills in front on 72 minutes, before onloan striker Shaun Miller earned a point for Jackson’s already-relegated side.
The point meant that Stevenage, and not Town, finished bottom, something which their manager believes is a consolation after their poor campaign.
“I said to the players beforehand that we should aim not to finish bottom, and that we owed it to the fans to get a result,” said Jackson.
“Finishing eight points from safety is a big gap – I’m not trying to dress it up, but we’ve got to take something from this season otherwise we carry on in doom and gloom.
“My future won’t get settled in the next day or two. We’ll have discussions soon – I’d like the opportunity to put my own team together.
“It’s been a great learning curve in a difficult situation, and I’ll be better for that.
“You don’t get taught anything like this on a management course and I want to stay.”
The hosts had the better opportunities throughout, and Cody McDonald hit the post shortly before half-time after rounding defender Jermaine Grandison.
Barrett headed the hosts in front from six yards with only his second goal of the season after Danny Kedwell’s effort had been cleared off the line by Town’s Luke Summerfield.
However, substitute Miller equalised 11 minutes after coming on as he latched onto the end of Joe Jacobson’s cross to head past Stuart Nelson.
A year ago, the Gills were crowned League Two champions. However, after replacing Martin Allen after a poor start in October, Taylor admitted keeping the club up was one of his best achievements. “I think that it could have easily been worse this season. But everybody at the club worked hard for our cause, and thankfully we got 53 points. I’m pleased it’s finished though,” he said.
“I don’t know about my future yet, but I’m sure I’ll be talking to the chairman soon. I haven’t made a secret of wanting the job, and I think that for the size of the club to stay in this division, it needs a decision.
“As a club we want to progress, so we need to get that sorted out.”
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