Gillingham Down To League Two, Fans Call For Mark Stimson's Head

Daniel GoochAnalyst IMay 9, 2010

Gillingham fall into League Two again for the second time in three years. After taking the Gills to Wembley last season, Mark Stimson is getting all the blame for their relegation.

Gillingham did not win a League One game away from home all season. No team has ever stayed up without winning an away game, which the Gills showed was true.

All they needed was a draw away at Wycombe, who are already relegated, to keep their place in Leauge One. They lost.

The 3-0 hammering they suffered on the last day of the season is a world away from their first game of the season where they won 5-0 against promotion-chasing Swindon.

Fans have been out to voice their views. The majority of them believe that Mark Stimson is the reason for the failings and that the club would be better without him

Yoosof Farah, a well-known, credited Bleacher Report Featured Columnist and Gillingham supporter had this to say.

"First-team coach Mark Robson to take over? The guy has a UEFA Pro License, has worked with Charlton in the Premier League and Championship, and has gained insight from colleagues including Alan Pardew, Alan Curbishley and Iain Dowie.

"And in terms of his involvement at the Gills, at the moment he only sorts out tactics for set-plays, etc (i.e. the tactics within the tactics) and sets up training drills, so to be honest he can't take much blame for Gillingham's plight.

"Perhaps if given the role of manager, he could do a good job for us. After all, Stimson doesn't have a UEFA Pro License, and his only experience in management has been in the non-league with Grays Athletic and Stevenage Borough."

A Facebook page has been set up so the fans can say how they feel. They pledge not to attend Gillingham home games or spend any money at Priestfield until Mark Stimson is removed as the Gills' manager.

A member of the page, Dave Williams, posted, "I have seen some seriously shit performances down the years but yesterday was one of the most gutless and inept I have seen for a long long time.

"No passion, no pride, no managerial leadership to change the shape or the team. The worst away record in the whole of the Football League - even worse than Darlington. If that is not enough to say goodbye to him, what is?"

It was only in 2004 when Gillingham were flying high in the second tier of English league football. Now they have fallen yet again to the bottom.

This will put some Gills fans ('the plastics') off from going to Gillingham matches and may make some players think about joining another team (hopefully not star striker Simeon Jackson though!).

Gillingham do not deserve to be this low down in the Football League hierarchy. They have a great stadium, a selection of great players and the best supporters in the world.