Gillingham have appointed Martin Allen as their new manager.

Allen has signed a two-year deal and succeeds Andy Hessenthaler, who agreed to step down at the end of last season.

Gills chairman Paul Scally said: "It has been a very extensive process. We have seen some extremely good applicants but I have got to know Martin very, very well and I am delighted that he has accepted the role."

Scally added: "I've had over 60 CVs sent to me since May 6. The directors and Andy (Hessenthaler) and I went through them and we saw 16 individuals, some of them for a second time.

"After those meetings we made a shortlist of four and we met with them again. At the end of that process we unanimously agreed to offer the job to Martin."

The 46-year-old was most recently in charge at npower League Two rivals Barnet - a third spell at Underhill - preserving the Bees' Football League status on the final day of the campaign for the second year running.