The Football League Paper - - ADAM VIRGO -

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

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