Ady Pennock: Gillingham head coach leaves League One club by mutual consent
Gillingham head coach Ady Pennock has left the Kent side by mutual consent with the club 22nd in League One.
He was appointed as Justin Edinburgh's successor in January and guided the Gills to 20th in the third tier, a place and a point above the drop zone.
Pennock was allowed to stay in the role this summer, with ex-boss Peter Taylor returning as director of football.
However, Gillingham have won just one of their nine league games this term and lost 3-0 at Rochdale on Saturday.
Coach Jamie Day has also left the club, and chairman Paul Scally thanked them for their "tremendous hard work" in a statement.
"Ady, without doubt, deserved his chance to run the team and I'm just sorry it didn't work out for him," said Scally.
Taylor will oversee the first team while a successor to Pennock is found.
Pennock was popular at the club, having captained the side to promotion via the third-tier play-offs as a player in 2000, but the former Forest Green Rovers boss won just six of his 32 games in charge overall.
Gillingham narrowly avoided relegation last season and, having lost attacking midfielder Bradley Dack to Blackburn at the start of the season, they have struggled so far this campaign, scoring just six goals in nine games.
The Gills host fifth-placed Scunthorpe in League One on Tuesday.