Justin Edinburgh: Gillingham boss hails chairman relationship

Justin Edinburgh
Justin Edinburgh was appointed Gillingham manager in February

Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh says his good working relationship with chairman Paul Scally has helped improve the club's fortunes.

The Gills are challenging for promotion from League One this season, having finished in mid-table in 2014-15.

"The big thing for me was the chairman moved back to the country and we were able to build up a friendship and a relationship," Edinburgh said.

"He is supportive of me and when it hasn't gone right, he has been good."

Scally, who has been chairman of Gillingham since 1995, has previously spent the majority of his time in Dubai, where he has business interests.

However, Edinburgh says he has given crucial support since his appointment as manager in February.

"Anyone that knows me will know I will always apply pressure to myself. I have got great expectations of myself and standards I set are high," Edinburgh said.

"Paul is someone who really does give you a lift and gets you focused and back on track.

"You need that from your chairman and as a manager you need someone to guide you at times. He has been good at that."

Paul Scally
Paul Scally has been Gillingham chairman for 20 years

Following three successive victories over Christmas, the Gills are third in League One heading into 2016, just one point behind leaders Walsall, but having played one game more than the Saddlers.

Edinburgh recently stated that his side are "massively overachieving", but he hopes they can sustain their bid for automatic promotion.

"Once you get yourself in a position that you are, you don't want to let that go," the 46-year-old added.

"I feel with the form and consistency we have shown, we can continue.

"But I have always said there will be some times that this group lose their way, have some bumps and dips. We haven't had that as yet.

"In my time here I think I am not far short of a 50 percent win ratio. That would take us to the play-offs at least."

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