Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler dismisses Onuora link

Iffy Onuora
Onuora was sacked as Ethiopia coach in April

Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler has dismissed speculation that former Gills favourite Iffy Onuora could return to the club as his assistant.

Hessenthaler is trying to find a replacement for Ian Hendon, who left to take up a coaching role at West Ham.

Onuora - who made 85 appearances for the Gills, plus a spell as caretaker manager - was spotted at Monday's 1-1 friendly draw with Braintree Town.

But Hessenthaler says Onuora had simply brought a trialist to see him.

He told BBC Radio Kent: "He brought a lad in on trial and we had a look at him.

"That was all - it wasn't about Iffy coming back to the club. We are obviously looking to replace Ian at some stage.

"Iffy and I speak a lot - he's been out in Ethiopia managing the national team but he's back now and he brought a player along for a trial. There's nothing more in it that that.

"He hasn't applied for the job, and he hasn't even spoken to me about the job."

He added: "Nicky Southall has done ever so well, but we do need another coach at the football club.

"I've spoken to a couple of people. My phone's been like a hotline really and there have been some interesting people to talk to so we've just got to sit down and resolve the situation."