Andy Hessenthaler: 'I would have taken Gillingham up too'
Andy Hessenthaler believes he too would have secured promotion had he been give one more season as Gillingham manager.
"We were building and I felt at the time that replacing me was the wrong decision," he told BBC Radio Kent.
"Martin Allen has done a fantastic job, but obviously a small part of me thinks 'that could've been me'. I do believe I'd have taken the club up as well."
In a reshuffle in the summer of 2012, Hessenthaler was moved upstairs by chairman Paul Scally in favour of appointing Martin Allen as the new manager.
"I felt we'd had a bit of bad luck injury-wise and was disappointed to not be manager anymore," continued Hessenthaler, who now plans to look for a new job in management.
"I respect the club too much and have a great relationship with the chairman and the club, so I took the director of football role to stay part of what I felt we were building.
"But with the money that became available thanks to the Gazzaniga and Jarvis deals, and from selling Luke Rooney last January, I think I would have won promotion."
He added: "When me and the chairman interviewed Martin we knew we were close and just needed something a little extra.
"Hopefully the club can kick on and get back into the Championship as I was lucky enough to manage the club there and it was an absolutely brilliant time."
"I've missed the coaching and managing side of things a lot so it's right for me to go and I'm really happy to leave the club on a high."