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Martin Allen

Martin Allen

Clubs played for: QPR , West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southend United, Barnet, Brentford, Milton Keynes Dons, Leicester City, Cheltenham Town, Notts County, Gillingham, Eastleigh (1984-2017)

Born: 1965

Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire

Position: Midfielder

Biography: An England under-21 international , ‘Mad Dog' arrived at Fratton Park from West Ham in 1995 for £500,000 with a ‘hard man’reputation. Being sent off after 20 seconds in one match and a particularly feisty spell at West Ham as part of a team that also contained Julian Dicks and Don Hutchinson earned the ‘accolade’. Three years on the south coast saw him play less than 50 games and decide to move into coaching. His first role was as assistant manager at his home town club, Reading. Has since managed Barnet, Brentford, MK Dons, Leicester City and Cheltenham. Became a scout for QPR when his tenure at Cheltenham came to an abrupt end following accusations of racial abuse. The charges were subsequently withdrawn. Since then, Allen did spend a short time at Eastleigh and had his fourth and fifth spells at Barnet, leaving the club following their relegation from the Football League in 2018. Chesterfield, who had also been relegated in 2017, offered him the chance to help them regain their league status less than a week later. Left the Spireites in December 2018.

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