Gillingham Head Coach Stephen Clemence.
Gillingham sacked Neil Harris in October with the team in eighth place in L2. Academy Head Keith Millen was then appointed interim manager.
Stephen Clemence, 45, the son of former England goalkeeper Ray Clemence, arrived at Gillingham at the start of November 2023, having coached at a number of clubs, many of which were in the Premier League.
Clemence has worked closely with ex-Gillingham player Steve Bruce at Sunderland, Hull City, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion and won promotion to the Premier League while with Hull as Assistant Head Coach in 2016.
As a player Clemence came through the youth ranks at Tottenham Hotspur and made his professional debut against Manchester United in the Premier League on August 10, 1997. He scored his first goal in a Spurs shirt in an FA Cup tie at home to Fulham in January the following year. He went on to make 108 appearances in total while at White Hart Lane, scoring three goals. In January 2003 Birmingham City paid a reported £250,000 for his services and Clemence made 125 appearances for the club across a four-and-half year spell. In July 2007 Leicester City paid a million pounds for his signature but, due to injury, he was limited to making just 34 appearances, scoring three times.
Clemence featured for England U21’s on one occasion as a player, that coming as a substitute against Sweden in a 2-0 win in February 1998.
Clemence decided to retire due to a heel injury in Easter 2010. He was released by Leicester at the end of that season and the midfielder then moved onto coaching.
Clemence is assisted by Robbie Stockdale who has coached at Grimsby Town and Sunderland. He also managed Rochdale while the team were in League 2 in the 2021-22 season. As a player he featured for Middlesbrough while in the Premier League before having stints at Rotherham and Tranmere Rovers.