It is just eighty three days since Martin Allen was appointed as manager of Vanarama National League club Eastleigh, but his Spitfires reign has been ended by the club.
The former Barnet and Brentford manager was named as Spitfires boss in early December, just twenty four hours after former manager Ronnie Moore left the club.
In total Allen took charge of fourteen games in all competitions, winning only two of them.
Those wins came in a FA Cup Second Round replay against FC Halifax Town and a 1-0 away win in the National League against Boreham Wood.
Tuesday night’s home defeat against Macclesfield Town made it four home defeats in a row for the Spitfires and in each of those defeats they failed to find the back of net.
Despite being seen as one of the main contenders for promotion into the Football League, the Spitfires sit in fifteenth position in the National League, fourteen points behind the play-offs.
Following their defeat agains the Silkmen, Allen admitted that his players weren’t doing enough to help them improve their form.
Speaking to BB Radio Solent he said “I’ve stood back and watched some games here, watched our team play and it’s been awful, nowhere near good enough,”
“It’s not acceptable to me; it’s not acceptable to the chairman.
“I’ve had two clubs win championships, with Gillingham and at Barnet, and it’s been through hard work, desire and everybody in the team competing week in, week out. I’m not getting that here at the moment and I’m not enjoying it.
“I haven’t got the vibe. I love the place, I love working with the chairman, I love the atmosphere when the crowd do get behind the players, but the players haven’t given the crowd anything to lift them.”
A short statement on the Spitfires website confirmed the decision.
It read “Eastleigh Football Club can today confirm that following the club’s home reverse to Macclesfield Town on Tuesday evening, a resultant meeting with First Team Manager Martin Allen has this morning seen his contract terminated with immediate effect.
The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Martin for his efforts during his time with the club and wish him well for the future.
Further announcements will be made in due course when applicable”
Next up for the Spitfires is Saturday’s trip to face play-off challenging Dover Athletic at their Crabble Ground home.
The next manager appointed into the Silverlands hotseat will become the club’s fourth manager of the season, following the reigns of Chris Todd, Ronnie Moore and Allen himself.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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