MR NICE GUY ADY NOT CUT OUT TO BE BOSS
I WAS very surprised when Gillingham offered Ady Pennock the managers’ job. By the same token, I’m not surprised to see him sacked.
Don’t get me wrong. Ady is a really nice guy and a very good coach. But his track record as a manager doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
At Forest Green, he had the biggest budget in the National League – and I don’t mean by a bit. I mean by a million miles. They had players on three grand a week.
He had to win the league. Promotion through the play-offs was a bare minimum. He didn’t do either.
Above and beyond that, Gillingham needed a rabble rouser when Justin Edinburgh left in January. A struggling club needs someone to go in, shake things up, tell a few home truths and put noses out of joint. It certainly hasn’t hurt Chris Wilder.
That wasn’t Ady. I remember working for BT Sport when Forest Green lost to Bristol Rovers in the playoffs. They were really poor and defended dreadfully.
I expected to hear the dressing room door getting kicked in, but he came out and was totally placid. One game had cost them the whole season and he wasn’t even angry.
For me, he’s the type of person who’d thrive as a No.2 or youth team boss. As a manager, I’m not convinced.
OUT: Ady Pennock