Mad Dog’s Gills exit Spells Trouble For Schofield.

Gillingham FC’s knee-jerk sacking of ex Leicester City, Brentford FC & Notts County manager Martin Allen leaves ex-Imp John Schofield in limbo with Peter Taylor 1-4 favourite to sweep anew in the next few days.  Allen had steered the Gills to promotion in his first season in charge but 2 wins in the opening 11 saw his 16 month tenure end yesterday.

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Once again Allen has been hard done by, just as he was at Leicester City (fall-out with the chairman over signing policy) and Cheltenham (unfounded  racism accusations that led to gardening leave), with fans shocked at his sudden departure.  His stats have been somewhat consistently impressive throughout his managerial career (see below) with the last stint yielding a 42% win rate with 27 wins, 17 draws and just 20 defeats.  He and first team coach John Schofield inspired the Gills best ever start to a season, most away wins ever (11) and the championship at a club that was not financially blessed after almost a decade of hardship. To sack the League 2 manager of the year  after just 16 months in the job does seem harsh.

John Schofield has been Martin Allen’s number two at Cheltenham, Notts County and Gillingham, linking up with him after the love affair with Lincoln turned sour. John had been responsible for the Imps youth section with many notable successes before being given the top job after Keith Alexander had gone to Peterborough.  His brand of attacking football won many plaudits with Stallard and Forester enjoying a 37 goal partnership, but the defensive weaknesses ultimately did for him and John Deehan who had joined him to add experience.

When the duo found themselves out of a job, Schoey was distraught to say the least. He had hoped to stay at the Imps, with a return to the Youth set up that he had worked wonders at. Lincoln was in Schoey’s blood after two stints, 250 appearances and the steady progression up the City youth coaching ladder as he gained the top UEFA ‘A’ licence.  John is a superb coach, a poet for princely passing football, but one very much down to earth with mud in his studs.

Scunthorpe gave him a way back into the game after a four month period of disillusionment, before Walsall manager Jimmy Mullen stepped in.  After Jimmy was sacked he took charge for one game before being moved on after Chris Hutchins got the job and brought in his own man.  Schoey then joined Martin Ling at Cambridge before teaming up with Allen at the Magpies. It will be interesting to see whether he puts in for the job or is kept on as part of Peter Taylor’s new set-up, as it would be such a shame to see one of the games great unsung coaches out of work again. Then again Martin Allen will soon be back in work.

Martin Allen & Schofield Records

Club From To Allen’s Record
G W D L Win %
Barnet March 2003 March 2004 47 20 17 10 42.55
Brentford 18 March 2004 31 May 2006 124 54 36 34 43.55
Milton Keynes Dons 21 June 2006 25 May 2007 55 28 11 16 50.91
Leicester City 25 May 2007 29 August 2007 4 2 1 1 50.00
Cheltenham Town 15 September 2008 11 December 2009 60 13 19 28 21.67
Barnet 23 March 2011 11 April 2011 3 2 1 0 66.67
Notts County 11 April 2011 18 February 2012 43 16 10 17 37.21
Barnet 16 April 2012 11 June 2012 3 2 0 1 66.67
Gillingham 5 July 2012 13 October 2013 64 27 17 20 42.19
Total 403 164 112 127 40.69

Club From To Schoey’s Record
G W D L Win %
Lincoln City 24 May 2006 15 October 2007 64 23 14 27 36.0
Walsall (caretaker) 10 January 2009 20 January 2009 1 0 0 1 0.0
Cheltenham Town (caretaker) 20 October 2009 22 December 2009 9 1 3 5 11.1
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Posted on October 14, 2013, in Ex Imps, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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