Taylor leaves The Gills
Taylor leaves The Gills

Gillingham have parted company with Director of Football Peter Taylor.

The former manager has left Priestfield with the club sitting 23rd in League One and just days after taking charge of the team for Sunday’s 1-0 loss against Portsmouth.

Taylor has been in temporary charge of team affairs following Ady Pennock’s departure last month.

The former England Under 21 boss was brought into the club by Chairman Paul Scally towards the end of last season to support Pennock.

Working also with the New Zealand side, Taylor had been supporting the club with their structure, but his departure means a whole new way of doing things at Priestfield could be happening, possibly withdrawing the role of Director of Football.

His exit from The Gills suggests a new manager could be coming into the club ahead of Saturday’s trip to Peterborough United.

The likes of Martin Allen, Shaun Derry, Keith Millen and Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans have been linked with vacant manager’s job.

The club have issued the following statement:

“Peter Taylor has today left his role as Director of Football.”

“Peter was appointed to work alongside Ady Pennock, however given Ady has now left the club Peter has also decided there is no role for him going forward.”

“First-Team Coach Steve Lovell will continue to manage the team, assisted by the club’s coaching staff.”

Leaving Priestfield along with Taylor is fitness coach Neil Withington leaving Steve Lovell and Mark Patterson currently in charge for this weekend’s trip to face Peterborough United.