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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 April 2006, 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK
Jepson braced for crucial meeting
By Paul Fletcher

Gillingham manager Ronnie Jepson
We always knew that this season would be transitional
Ronnie Jepson
Gillingham manager Ronnie Jepson will meet chairman Paul Scally this week to find out how much money he has to spend in the transfer market this summer.

"I have a meeting with the chairman at the end of this week to discuss the budget," Jepson told BBC Sport.

"Once I know that I will know exactly what I can do - how many and what type of players I can bring to the club."

"It all comes down to the budget really - I just hope we get a similar budget to this season."

Gillingham have won their last six league games - a feat last achieved by the club in 1982 - and in the process have moved clear of the relegation zone.

Jepson took over on a temporary basis in November following the resignation of Neale Cooper.

The Gills were fourth from bottom of the League One table and struggling against a second successive relegation.

Jepson's team are currently 11th, closer to the play-off places than the relegation zone, and the improvement vindicates chairman Scally's decision to award his new manager with a two-year contract.

"I signed a two-year contract just after Christmas," added Jepson, who is in his first managerial role.

"It was nice of the chairman to show belief in me.

"We always knew that this season would be transitional after being relegated last season, especially with so many players leaving the club who were out of contract.

"Thankfully we have managed to steady the ship and that will stand us in good stead for next season."

Jepson played more than 250 matches in the Football League as a combative striker before moving into coaching in 2001.

The 42-year-old served his apprenticeship with the youth team at Burnley.

Jepson eventually became reserve-team coach and then assistant to Stan Ternent.

When Ternent became Gills boss in December 2004 he brought Jepson with him to the club. Jepson stayed on following Ternent's departure six months later, working under Cooper.

As a player, Jepson played at several clubs managed by Ternent and regards him as a key figure in his development.

"Stan gave me my first job in coaching at Burnley," said Jepson. "If you don't learn from people like that then you never will do.

"It has been a steady climb for me, earning my stripes working with the youth teams and reserves and then as an assistant manager."

Given the effect Jepson has had upon Gillingham so far it seems as though he has learnt well.




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