Paul Scally not expecting traditionalist approach from new man Martin Allen

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It’s a case of second time lucky for Martin Allen in being appointed the new Gillingham manager.

The 46-year-old was interviewed for the job seven years ago, but chairman Paul Scally admitted he was scared by the former Barnet manager at the time.

However times have changed and Scally was keen to bring something different to the club in the shape of Allen who consistently stood out throughout the the interview process.

“It’s been a long process getting to this point, we met him on a number of occasions, we were excited by his vision, it matched our vision,” he said. “It was more difficult because we had a huge number of applications of a very high quality, we felt it was necessary to see a number of people to do our job properly.

“I met him a few years ago I was hugely impressed then, he scared me a bit then, but I’m more experienced now, and he doesn’t scare me anymore.

“That was a long time ago, we are a bit older, he’s not so scary now. Maybe seven years ago I didn’t want to go outside my comfort zone that much.”

He said out of the 70 applicants Allen always had an edge.

“The whole thing feels right now, the balance is right, I’ve met the people Martin has brought in and I’m impressed,” he said.

“Everytime we got down to the shortlist his name was on it, I don’t want someone who’s going to be a traditionalist, I want someone who’s going to make things different.

“If we got another 2 points last season we wouldn’t be sitting here today, Hess agreed with me that a different voice would be what we needed to kick on, we have been working together all summer, we have seen 20 applicants out of the 70, Martin always had that little edge. Probably in my heart a few weeks ago unless something exceptional happened I knew he would be the man,” and he joked, “I was just waiting for the odds to change so I could make a bit of money out of it but they never did.”

He added: “League 2 is a tough division to be in and get out of as well, I do believe had we got out last year we would have done well this year.

“We’ve got a good management team and good structure that will give us a better chance than last year.”

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