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Adam Barrett looking forward to linking up with Peter Taylor at Gillingham
ADAM Barrett is excited to be teaming up with former Southend United manager Peter Taylor at Gillingham.
Taylor has been named as interim boss of the Gills following the dismissal of Martin Allen.
And, although ex-Shrimpers centre-back Barrett was sad to see Allen depart, he is now looking forward to working with Taylor.
“Being from the same area as Peter I obviously know all about him and it’s great to working with him for the first time now,” said Barrett, a former Belfairs High School pupil.
“I’ve played against several teams he’s been in charge of during the years and he’s someone who has been in charge of the England team so it’s great to be managed by someone like that.
“It’s never nice to see anyone losing their job but the chairman’s made the decision and hopefully we can do well with Peter in charge and work our way up the table.”
Taylor, who was born in Rochford and attended King Edmund School, will take charge of Gills when they host Preston North End at the Priestfield Stadium on Saturday.
Taylor previously managed Gillingham during the 1999/2000 season and led them to promotion out of League Two, via the play-offs.
The former Blues midfielder has also bossed England’s under 21 and under 20 teams and recently spent a year in charge of Bahrain.
Barrett currently skippers the Gills side who are 17th in League One after winning promotion last season.
And the 33-year-old will soon also be moving in to coaching, heading up the Southend section of the newly formed Players Football Academy.
A trial day will be taking place at Thundersley’s Cedar Hall School on Wednesday October 30 and Barrett is keen to hear from female footballers interested in attending.
“We’d love to have a girls side at the academy, but it depends on the level of interest and the number we can get involved,” said Barrett.
“The female side of the game is growing all the time so we’re keen to hear from anyone aged between five and 14 who wants to come along.”
To book a place on the trial day with Barrett email firstname.lastname@example.org