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Martin Allen
Personal information
Full name Martin James Allen
Date of birth 18 August 1965 (1965-08-18) (age 44)
Place of birth Reading, Berkshire, England
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1989 Queens Park Rangers 136 (16)
1989–1995 West Ham United 190 (25)
1995–1997 Portsmouth 45 (4)
1997–1998 Southend United 5 (0)
National team
1986–1987 England U21 2 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Barnet
2004–2006 Brentford
2006–2007 Milton Keynes Dons
2007 Leicester City
2008–2009 Cheltenham Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Martin James Allen (born 18 August 1965) is a former football player and manager. In January 2010 he was appointed part-time scout for Queens Park Rangers.[1]


Playing career

In his playing career he was known as 'Mad Dog', (his own dog is a lovely dog) he played for Queens Park Rangers, signing professional in 1983 and spending six years at Loftus Road and played in the 1986 League Cup Final against Oxford United, before a £670,000 move to West Ham United. He played in their promotion teams of 1991 and 1993.

Allen stayed with the Hammers until 1995 when he made a £500,000 switch to Portsmouth after a successful loan spell at Fratton Park. After three frustrating years with Pompey, which took in a brief loan stint at Southend United, he hung up his boots and began a coaching career. He was a combative midfield player.

His cousins, Paul Allen, Bradley Allen and Clive Allen were also footballers, as was his uncle Les Allen. His father Dennis Allen played for Reading as well as Charlton Athletic and Bournemouth and died in 1995 at the age of 56.

Management career



Allen began his management career as an assistant manager at hometown club Reading, where he joined Alan Pardew when the Royals were in the relegation zone. The team produced championship form in their closing 20 fixtures, winning 12 and drawing 4 to secure a top 10 finish. Two years later they won promotion to Division One.


Allen's first full manager role was at Conference side Barnet, from March 2003 to March 2004. He succeeded from Peter Shreeves, to whom he was assistant manager from March 2002. Allen built a team from scratch in pre-season of the 2003–04 campaign. The team shot straight to the top end of the table, however Allen left for Brentford with a few weeks of the season remaining in a move that disappointed many Barnet fans. Under the guidance of new manager Paul Fairclough, the Bees made the play-offs but were beaten in the semi-finals by Shrewsbury Town.


Allen had a good run at Brentford, saving the club from relegation from League One in his first season. In the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons he took Brentford to the play-offs, but they were eliminated by Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City respectively. He also took Brentford to the fifth round of the FA Cup in two consecutive years, going out to Southampton in the 2004–05 season, losing 3–1 after a 2–2 draw at St Mary's, and to Charlton Athletic 3–1 in the 2005–06 season. He also was in charge of one of the major giant killings in the fourth round in the 2005–06 season, beating Sunderland 2–1.

At Brentford, he proved to be a very popular manager with the fans and an object of curiosity to opponents and media alike due to his unconventional managerial methods, which seem to have paid off due to the relative success Brentford had under him on a limited budget. For example, he participated in a 25 mile sponsored bike ride on November 2005 to raise funds for Brentford.[2] In May 2006, Allen announced his resignation as manager of Brentford, citing lack of Board commitment to investing in the team to take it to the next level.[3]

Milton Keynes Dons

Allen then dropped down a level to manage League Two team Milton Keynes Dons for the 2006–07 season, a club with heavy financial backing and ambitions from owner Pete Winkelman, albeit one that had been in severe decline for the past few years and had dropped from the Championship to League Two in three seasons. Allen managed to arrest the club's decline and took his team to the play-offs, but lost in the semi-finals to Shrewsbury Town.

Leicester City

In May 2007, Allen became the new manager at Championship side Leicester City,[4] after Leicester and Milton Keynes Dons had negotiated a compensation package.

In August 2007, striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink agreed contract terms with Leicester and chairman Milan Mandarić invited him to undergo a medical at Leicester.[5] But when Hasselbaink arrived in Leicester on 13 August, Allen told him that the medical was no longer going take place.[6] Six days later, Mandarić confirmed an interest in striker Derek Riordan, who was lacking first team football at Celtic. However, Allen refused to make an offer for Riordan, which further aggravated Mandarić.[7] Relations with chairman Milan Mandarić quickly deteriorated and his contract was terminated by mutual consent on 29 August 2007 after just four games in charge.[8]

After leaving Leicester, Allen declared his interest in managing Swindon Town,[9] which eventually went to Maurice Malpas.

Cheltenham Town

Allen was appointed as manager of Cheltenham Town on 15 September 2008, on a three year contract.[10] His father, Dennis, had been manager at Whaddon Road between 1974 and 1979.[11] On 20 October 2009, Allen was suspended by Cheltenham Town and placed on gardening leave pending an internal investigation into allegations that he racially abused a nightclub bouncer.[12] In November Gloucestershire police announced that no action would be taken against Allen concerning the alleged nightclub incident. He remained on leave whilst Cheltenham Town considered his future at the club.[13] On 11 December it was announced he had left the club.[14]

Managerial stats

As of 16 September 2008.
Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Barnet England March 2003 March 2004
Brentford England 18 March 2004 31 May 2006 124 54 34 36 43.54
Milton Keynes Dons England 21 June 2006 25 May 2007 55 28 16 11 50.90
Leicester City England 25 May 2007 29 August 2007 4 2 1 1 50.00
Cheltenham Town England 15 September 2008 11 December 2009 60 13 28 19 19.35


  1. ^ Allen scouts out a job with former club Queens Park Rangers
  2. ^ "Manager Allen completes bike ride". BBC Sport. 2005-11-29. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Allen resigns from Bees". Sky Sports. 2006-05-30. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  4. ^ "Allen named new Leicester manager". BBC Sport. 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  5. ^ "Jimmy in dark over Foxes". Sky Sports. 2007-08-14.,19528,11095_2661318,00.html. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  6. ^ "Hasselbaink baffled by Foxes snub". BBC Sport. 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  7. ^ "Riordan's Leicester hopes fade". BBC Sport. 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  8. ^ "Allen ends brief Leicester reign". BBC Sport. 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  9. ^ "Allen to apply for Swindon post". BBC Sport. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  10. ^ "Martin Allen confirmed as Robins boss". Cheltenham Town F.C.. 2008-09-15.,,10434~1392810,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  11. ^ "Like father, like son". Cheltenham Town F.C.. 2008-09-15.,,10434~1392827,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  12. ^ Cheltenham suspend manager Martin Allen over alleged racism at nightclub
  13. ^ Martin Allen in the clear over 'racism' allegations after police drop case
  14. ^ Martin Allen leaves Cheltenham despite being cleared of racial abuse

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