ADY PENNOCK FACTFILE
Born: Ipswich, 1971 (Age 45) Career: A centre-back, Pennock initially played for the Ipswich school of excellence but was offered a contract by Norwich and joined the Canaries as a teenager in 1986. His debut – and only appearance – came in 1990 and he subsequently joined Bournemouth for £30,000 in 1992. After 160 games for the Cherries, he moved to Gillingham for a fee of £25,000 in 1996. Pennock would spend the next seven years at Priestfield, winning promotion to the second tier in 2000 and helping to keep the Gills up for three seasons. Famed for his practical jokes and own goals, Pennock was voted into the Gills’ greatest ever XI in 2013 and left in 2003 after 199 appearances. He subsequently played 14 games in two seasons with Gravesend & Northfleet before retiring in 2005. Appointed manager of Welling in January 2005, Pennock finished ninth and eighth in Conference South before leaving to become academy and youth team manager at Stoke City. Promoted to first team coach in 2011, he left the club when Tony Pulis resigned in 2013 and was appointed manager of Forest Green Rovers in November of that year. Pennock led Rovers to finishes of 12th, fifth and second in the Conference Premier before being sacked in April 2016. He was named manager of Gillingham on January 4.