MAK­ING HIS MARQ

John Mar­quis is out to im­press new Gilling­ham manager Justin Ed­in­burgh

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Jamie Holt

JOHN Mar­quis ad­mits his ca­reer at Mill­wall is over, but the striker sees a fu­ture at Gilling­ham un­der in­com­ing boss Justin Ed­in­burgh.

Mar­quis has been shown the door by Li­ons manager Ian Holloway and, with his con­tract up in the sum­mer, he joined the Gills on loan for the rest of the sea­son last week.

But while the striker’s own fu­ture is up in the air, so too is Gilling­ham’s with a League One rel­e­ga­tion fight to un­der­take.

The ar­rival of boss Ed­in­burgh from New­port County at least adds a bit of long-term se­cu­rity for the Kent club – pre­vi­ously they had been un­der the rule of four care­tak­ers si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Tem­po­rary

And while Mar­quis is full of ad­mi­ra­tion for the job Andy Hessen­thaler, Steve Lovell, Mark Pat­ter­son and Dar­ren Hare have done, the 22-year-old says Ed­in­burgh’s ap­point­ment could be good news for all par­ties.

“I’ve got on well with all four of the guys in charge, but ob­vi­ously it was only a tem­po­rary mea­sure,” said Mar­quis. “They’ve been good to me and given me a chance.

“I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced it be­fore; hav­ing four care­taker man­agers, but it has worked quite well. Steve, Hess and Dar­ren take the ma­jor­ity of the ses­sions – Hess is usu­ally in the stands and takes a watch­ing brief for the games, but they work well to­gether.

“I’ve only been here for a short pe­riod of time, but for the long term there needs to be a manager in sole charge.

“The chair­man (Paul Scally) knows what he’s do­ing and knows how to run a club bet­ter than me.He has the club’s best in­ter­ests in mind.

“I don’t know much about Justin Ed­in­burgh, but I have played against New­port be­fore a cou­ple of times and know his sides are tough to beat.

“Now the man­age­rial sit­u­a­tion is sorted out, we can look to stay in the di­vi­sion, then we’ll look at next sea­son.

“I wouldn’t rule out stay­ing here. I’ve re­ally en­joyed my time here so far, it’s a re­ally good club, and a club that’s mov­ing for­ward.”

Mar­quis is used to be­ing farmed out on loan – Gills be­ing his sixth dif­fer­ent tem­po­rary club in five years – and he ac­tu­ally pitched up at Pri­est­field on a one-month deal back on Jan­uary 8.

Im­pres­sive

The for­mer Staines Town striker im­pressed from the off, and three goals in four games prior to yes­ter­day’s clash against Sh­effield United has got Mar­quis’ name back in lights.

“I was happy to stay, I just want to be play­ing and do as well as I can while I’m here, it was an easy de­ci­sion,” added Mar­quis, who made just 20 league starts for Mill­wall in five-and-a-half years.

“Ian Holloway and I briefly had a chat, and we agreed that I need to be play­ing foot­ball. I would say my time at Mill­wall is over, I’ve not been given a chance there, I’ve not made many ap­pear­ances and I need a regular run of games to prove my­self.

“I would have liked to progress at Mill­wall, but it seems like it’s a good time for me to make a move with my con­tract up in the sum­mer.

“I’ve started OK here at Gills, re­sults have been good and I’ve chipped in with a few goals which is al­ways a bonus.

“Ev­ery­one is fight­ing for po­si­tions and there are plenty of oth­ers wait­ing to come in. I’m in the shop win­dow, but I feel like when I get a good run, I can score goals.”

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ROYAL CLASS: Yakubu LOAN STAR: Gilling­ham’s John Mar­quis has made a big im­pact and, inset, new boss Justin Ed­in­burgh

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