|Date of Birth:|| 17/08/1965|
Hessenthaler was promoted to manager at the Priestfield Stadium to replace Peter Taylor who left to join Premiership side, Leicester City, and the new man in charge continues to combine his management duties with playing for the Gills.
The midfielder initially moved to Gillingham for a then club record £235,000 in August 1996 after spending five years with Watford, before which he had played non-league football.
In the summer of 1999, Peter Taylor made Hessenthaler player-coach of The Gills and he played a pivotal role in the club's successful promotion campaign to Division One, during which he was crowned the club's Player of the Year.
Now at the helm himself, Hessenthaler made a bright start as the club sought to establish themselves in Division One. His tenacity as a player accompanied by his leadership qualities make him the ideal choice to build on the foundations laid by Peter Taylor as the Gills look to consolidate their position in the First Division.
(info as at 01/10/03)