Exclusive: Ex-Newcastle star set for Gillingham job

Oli Fisher

Former Newcastle United star Nobby Solano is set to be the shock new appointment as Gillingham boss, TEAMtalk understands.

TEAMtalk has learned that director of football Peter Taylor has informed current boss Aidy Pennock that his last game in charge will be against Charlton this weekend.

Gillingham are currently bottom of League One with just three points and club legend Pennock is now set to depart after taking charge in January.

The Kent side have now opted for a new man but have gone for a left-field appointment with Solano – who is currently assistant coach with the Peruvian national side, but the former Newcastle and Aston Villa man has never managed in this country.

We understand that he will be assisted by former Leyton Orient manager Ian Hendon.