Gillingham: Justin Edinburgh eyes quick assistant appointment

Justin Edinburgh
Justin Edinburgh was appointed Gillingham manager in February

Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh hopes to appoint a new assistant manager by the end of the week.

Andy Hessenthaler, Edinburgh's previous assistant, agreed a switch to League Two side Leyton Orient on Monday.

"I have two people in mind and discussions are ongoing," Edinburgh told BBC Radio Kent.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for the two people I am speaking to. They are young, ambitious and hungry. People will be pleased with the appointment."

Edinburgh has ruled out an approach for Jimmy Dack, his long-term assistant at previous club Newport, who became assistant manager at Crawley Town at the start of June.

"I've worked with Jimmy in the past and had some fantastic times," said the 45-year-old. "He is with Crawley and committed there, so that is a name we can rule out."

Hessenthaler, 49, spent a decade as a player at Gillingham, had two separate spells as boss and a stint as director of football at the Kent club.

Edinburgh, who was appointed Gills boss in February, had been keen to keep Hessenthaler at Priestfield Stadium.

"I met Andy on Friday and he made me aware of Orient's approach," said Edinburgh. "After a long deliberation, and I'm sure with a heavy heart, Andy made the decision for a fresh start. I understand that and he goes with our blessing.

"I enjoyed the short and good time working alongside him.

"I made it clear I wanted him to continue what we had started but I understood his reasons for wanting to leave."

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