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League One: Gillingham appoint Peter Taylor on a full time basis


Gillingham have appointed Peter Taylor as their new permanent manager on a deal until the end of the season.

He was put in charge on an intermin basis after Martin Allen was sacked last month. The Gills' form since he took over has flattered to deceive, with two wins over fellow strugglers Notts County and Carlisle, whilst losing to top half opposition in Preston North End and Port Vale.

This will be a second coming for Taylor, who led Gillingham to the second tier of English football in 1999/2000. Before Allen's sacking, the side has won just two of their opening eleven games.

Taylor was put in temporary charge just a day after Allen's sacking, and immediately expressed interest in taking the job on a permanent basis.

Chairman Paul Scally said:"The players and I are delighted that Peter has agreed to stay on at the club. We wish him every success in his on-going efforts to push the team up the table."  

Gillingham narrowly avoided banana skin in the form of Conference North side Brackley, scoring in the seventh minute of stoppage time to earn a replay.

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