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Manager Andy Hessenthaler expects Gillingham promotion

Andy Hessenthaler
Andy Hessenthaler was a Gillingham player between 1996 and 2006

New Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler has said he intends to take the club straight back up to League One next season.

Chairman Paul Scally has already stated that he expects nothing less than promotion during Hessenthaler's first season back in charge at Priestfield.

Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent: "We've got be get back to League One at the first attempt.

"The chairman's already put a bit of pressure on us but we understand that."

He added: "We've got to produce results that are going to get us back into the first division, whether we win it or get in the top three.

"Even if we have to go through the play-offs, although we don't really want that scenario, we want to get back to where the club belongs. We're not a League Two club - simple as that."

The Gills only needed a point on the last day of the season to avoid relegation, but instead lost 3-0 to Wycombe Wanderers to ensure their drop to League Two football.

"I know how the fans work - rightly so - and if the team's not doing what they should be doing then they'll be asking questions," Hessenthaler continued.


"But we're going to build a team here who are going to go out and give 100% - no less - and who will get out there and wear the shirt with pride and passion.

"If they can't buy into that then won't be at this football club - simple as that.

"That's our philosophy. Yes we want to play football but you've got to play it in the right way and you've got to earn the right - that's the key."

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Hessenthaler demands Gills effort
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Hessenthaler named new Gills boss
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Hessenthaler honest over record
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Hessenthaler quits as Dover boss
20 May 10 |  Non League
Manager Stimson leaves Gillingham
10 May 10 |  Gillingham
Hessenthaler named Dover manager
29 May 07 |  Barnet
Hessenthaler steps down at Gills
23 Nov 04 |  Gillingham

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