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Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler wants squad shake-up

Andy Hessenthaler
Hessenthaler started his second spell as Gillingham manager in May

Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler says he will ask chairman Paul Scally for money for loan signings.

The Gills' 2-1 defeat at Northampton at the weekend extended their club record to 34 away matches without a win.

Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent: "I'll speak to the chairman - let's get players in who are mentally prepared to play home and away.

"Maybe those players in there realise things need to change if we are going to get out of the problems we've got."

Gillingham were one of the pre-season favourites to win promotion from League Two, but after 14 games they are in 18th place, just three points off bottom side Barnet.

There are players out there and we have to get players in who will listen and do their jobs properly

Andy Hessenthaler

"We all make mistakes but we are making too many," added Hessenthaler.

"It's costing us points and it can't continue. If it does we will have a tough season.

"We might have to make some decisions and if players don't like that, tough."

One silver lining is that Simon King, who has not played since the 2009 play-off final, returns to training on Monday, but Hessenthaler says it would be unfair to think of King as the solution.

"I know Simon King is back training, but how can you pin your hopes on Simon? He's been out for 18 months," Hessenthaler said.

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"There are players out there and we have to get players in who will listen and do their jobs properly."

Gillingham have four players out on loan and Hessenthaler will seek the money to improve the squad, but does not envisage the changes coming until after their FA Cup tie with Dover.

"It will be tough to get players in before Wycombe [Tuesday] or Dover [Saturday].

"If we try to get someone in I can't see them letting him play in the FA Cup, but we might get lucky. We will make some calls and we need to shake things up."



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