Stimson leaves Gills

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Gillingham manager Mark Stimson has left the club by mutual consent.

The Gills' were relegated from Coca-Cola League One on Saturday after their 3-0 defeat at Wycombe to return to League Two after just one season.

And, despite Stimson insisting he would not be leaving after the Wanderers game, the two parties have agreed to terminate the 42-year-old`s contract with immediate effect.

Earlier Stimson had insisted he would not resign after the club's relegation to League Two was confirmed on Saturday.

The Gills make an instant return to the bottom tier of the Football League, and disgruntled fans chanted 'Stimson out' throughout the defeat at Wycombe.

Stimson said: "I feel so low. Last week was fantastic and we gave ourselves a chance but we haven't performed. We all have to look at ourselves - me as a manager and the players as players - and ask 'did I do enough?'

"I don't know if I will be manager next season, I'm contracted but that will be up to the chairman, he'll make that decision. You can see the supporters at the end weren't too happy and there were shouts of my name out.

"To get the promotion last year and be on such a high, and then to come straight back down is a massive body blow and something we weren't expecting. I never thought we would go down in my wildest dreams.

"I'm up for the challenge next season - I never duck a challenge. But the squad needs changing because there's certain personnel not up to it."

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