Gills fully focused on Rotherham, says Lovell

GILLINGHAM Caretaker boss Steve Lovell insists he remains focused on the next game against Rotherham, amid speculation he may be offered the manager’s job full time.

He said all that was on his mind was to “go out and prepare a team to get a result on Saturday, and whatever happens, happens”.

Lovell remained tight-lipped as he was speaking to the press before his side make a long trip up to Yorkshire to face the Millers, who sit 5th in the League One Table.

When asked about the current managerial situation, Lovell said: “I don’t know. All I’m doing is making sure that we’ve got the players with their experience and with their ability to go out there and perform”.

He added that the players were in a “buoyant mood” going into Saturday’s game and will be hoping to get another win under their belts to help ease their relegation fears.

The Gills have one win, one draw and a defeat under Lovell’s tenure so far, who was put in charge of first team affairs shortly after Peter Taylor left the club by mutual consent.

This has made fans believe that the club legend could be the man to take charge of the team, until the end of the season at least.

Performances have also been encouraging – a good away win at Peterborough was followed by a credible point at home, to high flyers Wigan – who are strong favourites for promotion.

Last time out it wasn’t all smiles however, as the Gills suffered defeat to fellow strugglers Northampton Town by two goals to one.

Since Ady Pennock’s sacking on September 25th, a number of potential names have been linked to the manager’s post; including Mansfield boss Steve Evans and none other than Martin Allen – who led the Gills to the League Two title in 2012/13.

None of them have come to fruition, leaving tension high in the stands directed towards Chairman Paul Scally on his inability to get an adequate replacement.

Gillingham are second from bottom in the table, with just eleven points from fifteen games.


Feature image: Steve Lovell. Credit – Gillingham Football Club