Jermaine McGlashan inspires Gillingham to win over Coventry

Gillingham’s four caretaker managers made the crucial decision to bring on the winger who proved the match winner at Priestfield

Gillingham have always done things their own way, especially under the chairmanship of Paul Scally, who bought the club for £1 in 1995. Received wisdom is to have a manager in place as a transfer window opens. Scally sacked Peter Taylor by phone on New Year’s Eve, appointed four equal caretakers from the existing staff and arrived from Dubai, where he lives, just in time to see them follow three defeats with a 3-1 win at Priestfield that lifts them from 21st to 19th in League One, a point and a place behind their opponents, Coventry City. He will now start interviews for Taylor’s successor with the window more than half shut.

It was a remarkable victory, with all their three goals in the last quarter-hour. Gillingham had started brightly, Cody McDonald and John Marquis forcing an early double save from Ryan Allsop. Then Jake Hessenthaler volleyed an overhead shot against the bar. He is son of one of the four, Andy, who has done two stints as manager, as Taylor has, and was back again as his assistant. But by half-time they were a goal down to Gary Madine’s penalty. Gillingham were the first club to face Coventry back at the Ricoh in September, losing 1-0. A repeat looked on the cards.

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