Gillingham part company with boss Neil Harris as the club wishes to go in a different direction as American owner Brad Galinson says the team must evolve

Thursday 05th October 2023

GILLINGHAM have decided to part company with manager Neil Harris, with the club sitting in eighth-place in the League Two table.


Gillingham have won six and drawn one of their 11 league games but have not won their last three games and have slipped out of the automatic promotion and play-off positions as a result, abeit level on 19 points with seventh-placed Mansfield Town.

Gillingham went down to a 2-0 defeat away defeat to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night, in what turned out to be Harris' last game in charge of the Kent club.

“Having joined the club in February 2022, Neil nearly kept the team in League One, getting relegated on the last day of the season on goal-difference, making up a 10 point deficit in the process,” said a club statement.

“The club has decided it now wishes to go in a different direction and will begin the process of identifying a head coach to take the team forward.

“David Livermore will also be leaving the club.  In the meantime, Keith Millen will take control of first-team matters on an interim basis with immediate effect.

“The club wishes Neil and David best wishes in the future and we thank them for their hard work over the past two seasons.”

Gillingham - owned by American Brad Galinson - welcome eleventh-placed side Milton Keynes Dons to Priestfield Stadium on Saturday.

Reflecting on the departure of the former Millwall man, Galinson posted on X, formerly Twitter: "The team, Neil, Kenny (Jackett), myself had a hard morning. 

"Neil was one of the first Brits I met in December.  He remains one of the highest quality individials I have ever met.  He is a friend above all.  The team must evolve and it will.  Thank you, Neil."

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