Boreham Wood Diretor of Football Ian Allinson has left the Vanarama National League club to take over as manager of St Albans City.
The news was confirmed on the Saints website on Friday morning.
A statement read “St Albans City Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Allinson as first team manager.
As a player, Ian appeared in over 100 games in all competitions for Arsenal under George Graham as well as amassing over 300 appearances for Colchester United in two spells at the club. He also appeared for Stoke City and Luton Town.
Ian has a wealth of experience in management including successfully achieving promotion for Boreham Wood FC to the National League during their 2014/15 campaign.
Recognising the importance of continuity and good coaching practice, Ian will retain Harry Wheeler as his assistant.
Ian will take charge of the team for our home fixture against Concord Rangers tomorrow”
Speaking of Allinson’s decision to depart Boreham Wood club chairman Danny Hunter said “I was taken back initially when Ian first told me he was leaving, especially as it was St Albans, but on reflection I shouldn’t ever be shocked when it relates to football.. Myself and Ian have in truth had such a great time together, we’ve built so many memories but that’s for us to enjoy when we meet up in the future, as we are great friends outside football”.
Hunter went on “The Director of Football role, wasn’t working for Ian and he told me he just didn’t enjoy it. I could understand that because I understand him. By accepting this new managerial challenge, he is doing what he wants to do and I’m pleased for him”.
“He wants to look forward to being a committed, hard working manager once again on a Saturday afternoon and wants to shape a team in his image. He’s taken on a pressure situation that’s for sure and he knows he’s got to hit the ground running. Only time though will tell if Laurence Levi, the St Albans board and the Saints supporters, give Ian the time to turn St Albans City’s fortunes around”.
“That will certainly not be easy in the short term. They’re sitting bottom of the Conference South for a reason and that’s a similar predicament to the one we’re experiencing ourselves at the moment, as league tables rarely lie at this stage of a season.. The Saints are our biggest local rivals historically and so of course it will be strange to think that Ian will be leading them”
Source: www.stalbanscityfc.com and www.borehamwoodfootballclub.co.uk