Martin Allen is not just a manager who dishes out rollickings, according to his number two.

Assistant manager Adrian Whitbread has known the Chesterfield boss since his playing days and credits him with kick-starting his own coaching career. Allen is vocal about not only his intention to do things his own way, but his desire to treat players fairly.

Whitbread is a fan of the manager’s manner when it comes to both praises and grumbles.

“If he’s not happy with something he’ll tell you. If he is happy with what you’ve done, he’ll be all over you.

“His management skills on a one to one basis with players are very, very good and he knows how to win championships.”

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