The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

GILLING­HAM’S care­taker boss Peter Tay­lor in­sists there are no short­age of can­di­dates for the top job after Ady Pen­nock’s depar­ture.

The Gills have strug­gled in the first two months of the sea­son and won just once in their open­ing ten games.

But Tay­lor is con­fi­dent there is a long list of names ready to take up the top job de­spite the club be­ing in the rel­e­ga­tion zone

“I am sure the chair­man has been in­un­dated with emails or texts from agents and their rep­re­sen­ta­tives of po­ten­tial man­agers,” Tay­lor said.

“It will take a cer­tain type, a type that knows play­ers for this level, be­cause there is no point com­ing here think­ing you are go­ing to play like Barcelona – that won’t be the case, it’s un­re­al­is­tic. It is a right bat­tle from now through to De­cem­ber be­fore you can then sign play­ers and that is the job in hand.”

The club will im­ple­ment the Rooney Rule as part of their man­age­rial ap­point­ment pro­ceed­ings.

The rule, set up by NFL side the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers’ for­mer chair­man Dan Rooney in 2003, aims to in­crease the num­ber of eth­nic mi­nori­ties in coach­ing and se­nior op­er­a­tions.

Gilling­ham, as well as 72 other clubs have signed up to the scheme, re­quir­ing them to in­ter­view at least one qual­i­fied black, Asian and mi­nor­ity eth­nic (BAME) can­di­date.

Cam­bridge boss Shaun Derry has been ear­marked as the front run­ner with Nol­berto Solano and Chris Pow­ell all po­ten­tial op­tions.

Derry’s con­tract is up next sum­mer and ad­mit­ted last month he has not started ne­go­ti­a­tions over ex­tend­ing his stay.

He said: “I’ve not started any ne­go­ti­a­tions [with a new con­tract] none what­so­ever. That’s out of my hands. All I can con­cen­trate on is Satur­days and Tues­day nights, and I think I do that re­ally well.”

STAND-IN: Peter Tay­lor

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