Home form frustrating? Yes. But sacking Justin? Don’t be ridiculous….

Another home game came and went yesterday, and with it another frustrating result.

This time an annoying 1-0 defeat versus Fleetwood, who came with a plan similar to that of Barnsley, Doncaster and Colchester in recent weeks.

Gaffer Justin Edinburgh has spoken recently of changing it up and trying to find a different way to beat teams intent on playing on the counter at the MEMS Priestfield.

At the moment, he doesn’t seems to have quite got the correct formula.

Not too much of a surprise most sensible people would think, considering that he has only been at the club two months.

But no, after full time yesterday there were some on social media actually calling for the ex Tottenham defenders sacking.

For me that just shows a clear lack of understanding of the game and of how to create stability within a football in.

Anyway, it got us thinking, so we decided to have a closer look at his record since arriving, as well as that of his predecessors this season.

At the beginning of the campaign we had Peter Taylor at the helm, a man who had taken us to the promised land of the Championship back in 2000.

He also came back and kept us up last term, but this season was one of struggle for the ex England Under 21 boss.

Despite his previous success, Peter Taylor struggled in his latest spell with the Gills.

Just six wins from 23 league games at a ratio of 26% meant that by the time of his departure at the turn of the year we were deep in a relegation scrap.

He lost 43% of his matches in charge and had a goal difference of minus nine.

For every half decent performance there were too many poor ones, and he set up his teams in a defensive fashion that was almost painful to watch.

A two month winless run in the autumn didn’t help, and his somewhat dated methods were being worked out too easily.

He left having only accumulated an average of 1.09 points per game.

While the Chairman Paul Scally set about finding his successor, he put his trust in four individuals from within the club.

Steve Lovell, Andy Hessenthaler, Mark Paterson and Darren Hare were put in caretaker charge, and in all they oversaw six matches.

Along with Andy Hessenthaler and Mark Paterson, Darren Hare (l) & Steve Lovell (r) steadied the ship.

Defeats in their opening two games versus average Crewe and Port Vale sides didn’t give any clue to the imminent improvement, but suddenly something clicked.

The Gang of Four, as they became affectionately known, got the players performing without fear.

By the time their work was done they had collected ten points from the next twelve and seen off Coventry, Oldham and Sheffield United.

They had won 50% of their six games, scoring 11 goals in the process.

1.66 points had been accrued per game, and the belief was back.

And so onto our latest full time gaffer, the man who has fuelled this whole blog, Justin Edinburgh.

He came in and won his first two games against Peterborough and MK Dons, and suddenly we were just four points of the top six.

Best thing since sliced bread was the our Essex born boss.

The four game unbeaten run was extended to eight with him in charge before a disappointing 1-0 reverse at home to Barnsley at the end of February.

This seemed no more than a blip as three days later he took his team to Swindon and destroyed them 3-0 in their own back yard.

But the home form was becoming a concern as the Barnsley defeat was followed by draws against Doncaster and Colchester.

Sandwiched in between these were a huge draw away at runaway leaders Bristol City and a poor defeat at Chesterfield.

Just seven days ago he all but guaranteed League One survival by masterminding a 2-1 victory at in form Crawley Town, but yesterday’s defeat apparently means he needs firing according to some.


In his eleven games in charge we have lost only three (27%), and have won four (36%).

Yes that is less than the Gang of Four – who did a marvellous job – but it is over a longer time frame.

And let’s look at the level of opposition since he’s arrived.

He has taken on six of the current top twelve in the division, and picked up eight points from them.

Edinburgh has taken on League One’s best since arriving at MEMS Priestfield.

During their time in charge the ‘GOF’ only faced one top half side, Sheffield United.

In that run we have beaten the current 3rd (MK Dons) and 4th (Swindon) placed teams at drawn at top of the league (Bristol City).

Overall he is averaging 1.45 points per game, which based on the forty matches we have currently played would see us sit 7th with 58 points.

Over a 46 game campaign it would give us 67 points.

Yes, the current home form is frustrating for everybody, but you can bet your bottom dollar that Juston, his coaching staff and the players are working their hardest to sort it out.

But calling for his head?

That’s just plain daft!



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