Chairman Paul Scally meeting with Andy Hessenthaler today over new role at club after he stepped down as manager.

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Gillingham chairman Paul Scally wants Andy Hessenthaler to stay on at the club in a new role after terminating his contract by mutual consent.

Club legend Hessenthaler agreed to step down after talks with Mr Scally yesterday afternoon, but he has been offered the chance to join the board in a new role overseeing football at the club.

The role would be as a full company director overseeing all club football development, scouting, recruitment and all other football related matters a statement said.

He is thought to be at the club this morning discussing whether he wants to take on the new challenge.

His departure comes after two seasons of failing to make it into the play-offs, when it was expected that the club would go back to League One via automatic promotion.

Mr Scally told Sky Sports: “He epitomises everything we are trying to do at Gillingham Football Club. He has been a loyal servant and a first class player for the club and he has done everything in his power to achieve what we all set out to achieve two years ago, but unfortunately it hasn’t worked out and we think that a change would be best for the team and the club going forward.

“I think there’s a role for him as we don’t have a football man on the board that can help make decisions on the football side, so it would be good if he stays.”

Hessenthaler’s departure means assistant Nicky Southall has also left the club.

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