Date: 10th May 2013 at 11:15am
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Andy Hessenthaler, fresh from his departure from Gillingham, has looked on with a “that could’ve been me” view.

Having moved aside as Gillingham manager at the end of last season Hessenthaler became director of football. However, as he told BBC Radio Kent, he feels that with a little more time he could have achieved what Martin Allen did this season.

He said: ‘We were building and I felt at the time that replacing me was the wrong decision.

‘Martin Allen has done a fantastic job, but obviously a small part of me thinks ‘that could’ve been me’. I do believe I’d have taken the club up as well.’

A great respect for the club, and chairman Paul Scally, saw Hessenthaler “move up stairs” but with the money brought in from the sale of Gazzaniga to Southampton and an extra bonus from a sell-on clause with Jarvis he believes he could have replicated what Allen did.

Nevertheless he is hopeful that The Gills are on the road back to the Championship now and feels happy to leave the club on a high, but does miss the day-to-day management so wants this again. He added: ‘hopefully the club can kick on and get back into the Championship as I was lucky enough to manage the club there and it was an absolutely brilliant time.

‘I’ve missed the coaching and managing side of things a lot so it’s right for me to go and I’m really happy to leave the club on a high.’

Maybe Hessenthaler would have replicated what Allen has done this season, who knows?

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