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Lovell looking to the future
Lovell looking to the future

Steve Lovell has only Saturday’s visit to Wigan Athletic on his mind as he stays on as interim manager at Gillingham.

The former manager has been asked to take the side on a match by match basis as chairman Paul Scally looks for a permanent successor to Steve Evans.

With Bromley manager Andy Woodman heavily linked with a move to Priestfield and having been given permission to speak with The Gills, talks continue, although a compensation package could be a stumbling block for the former Arsenal and Newcastle United coach.

Lovell seems certain to once again lead the side following last Saturday’s 3-1 loss at home to Burton Albion and the former striker admits he is taking life one game at a time:

“Until I am told otherwise I will carry on. It’s been a positive week on the training ground. All I can do is do the job I’ve been asked to do. What the future holds, I don’t know.”

“I am carrying on as normal; the Chairman has been great. I am enjoying my time here and I’m working hard for the Chairman, and the Football Club.”

Knowing his side face a daunting task against one of the favourites to be promoted, Lovell admitted his side face an uphill struggle on Saturday, but one they are up for:

“The boys are excellent and are pushing to impress me to get into the team.”

“I think Wigan will win the league, their squad is very strong but we need to go there and be positive. Nobody will expect us to get a result, other than the people inside this building.”

“The boys believe in the way we want to play, and they are enjoying it. It’s down to me to lift the players.”

“We have a good squad. Dan Phillips comes back and will be ready to go.”

“Stuart (O’Keefe) and Robbie (McKenzie) trained today and should be fine, the same for Ben Reeves. It’s about the whole squad now and what is required from them.”

“There might be changes, we have worked hard on two different setups. We know what their strengths are, we look at their games and how they’ve played. They are a settled side.”

“I thought the diamond worked well during the first half on Saturday. The two late goals annoyed me.”

Gillingham go into the game sitting 23rd in League One, some nine points now from safety and relegation looming larger on the horizon.

Anything other than a win will be seen as a lost opportunity to get some positivity back in the camp.