Pennock hoping for more time
Pennock hoping for more time

Adrian Pennock is hoping for more time in charge at Gillingham, but realises that isn’t guaranteed.

The former central defender watched on as his side lost 3-0 at Oxford United on Saturday, making it six games without a win this season.

With just two points from a possible eighteen, The Gills sit 23rd in League One, just above Oldham Athletic.

Pennock’s time in charge at Gillingham has been far from spectacular and with just four wins in 27 games, his record suggests a man under incredible pressure to turn things around and fast.

Having seen his side soundly beaten at the Kassam Stadium, Pennock admitted he didn’t know how much long he’d be in charge of The Gills:

“I really don’t know. I would love to turn it around and we will have to see. I am unbelievably desperate to get it right, I have so much passion and love for the club. It is not through the lack of trying. I am desperate to turn it around.”

“I understand the fans’ frustration. They can say and chant stuff but I have to take that on the chin. It is so frustrating, but it is also frustrating for me. I do understand.”

“We are working so hard, unbelievably hard, we are desperate to change it around.”

Pennock will be hoping he is still in charge for Tuesday night’s game at AFC Wimbledon, but appreciates time is no longer on his side:

“I am not silly and if it carries on I know what is going to happen, but I am fighting and working so hard to get it right, let’s hope it starts on Tuesday.”

“You need a little bit of luck as well, but I am not going anywhere unless I get told otherwise. It is tough, but I do think we can turn it around, it has to and if it doesn’t I know what the score is. I am not hiding from that fact.”

Pennock, should he still be in charge at AFC Wimbledon, will go into the game with a few injury concerns and admitted he wasn’t pleased with the performance at Oxford:

“Today is the first time this season where I’ve been disappointed with the players. We did okay first half but the second half wasn’t good enough.”

“We should have scored in the first three minutes. Again, we’re not taking our chances and the first goal we conceded was awful.”

“We got in good areas in the first half where we wasn’t clinical enough and that final pass was poor.”

“We missed Billy Bingham today; he’s concussed and couldn’t see out of one eye so we couldn’t play him. That was a kick in the teeth for us and Gabby (Zakuani) had to come off due to cramp.”

With Pennock seemingly unlikely to quit and the fans beginning to voice their disapproval, it is fair to say that Tuesday night’s game is critical for all concerned.