Gillingham: Paul Scally's manager hunt backed by Mark Patterson

Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium
Gillingham are 19th in League One, two points above the relegation zone

Gillingham development squad coach Mark Patterson thinks chairman Paul Scally is right to bide his time before appointing a new manager.

Patterson, 46, is part of a four-man caretaker management team which has been in charge of the Gills since Peter Taylor was sacked on New Year's Eve.

"Other clubs are exactly the same as us and are not rushing into things," Patterson told BBC Radio Kent.

"When the new man is appointed I'm sure it will be the right decision."

Scally said in a statement last week that he had "no idea" who he would choose to replace 62-year-old former Leicester and Hull boss Taylor.

However, the Dubai-based businessman had previously said he wanted a "younger, more flamboyant manager" to take charge of the League One club.

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley has turned down an approach to take charge at Priestfield Stadium, while reported target Justin Edinburgh has agreed a new deal with Newport County.

Meanwhile, former Southampton and England striker James Beattie has confirmed to the BBC that he has applied for the job.

Patterson, who made 124 league appearances for the Gills between 1997 and 2002, has not been given a timeframe for a new appointment and describes the managerial situation as "an ongoing process".

He continued: "The four of us are running three teams at the club and will continue to do that.

"We decide what happens in training and have a general view on all the footballing matters at the club.

"The process will take as long as it takes. It is just something that does take time nowadays."

Mark Patterson
Patterson spent five years as a player with Gillingham between 1997 and 2002

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