League Two side Barnet have lost their manager Martin Allen today, after he decided to take up a job in the league below. The 51 year old has decided to join National League side Eastleigh, bringing to an end his fourth management spell with the Bees. He leaves behind a Barnet side who are having an excellent season, currently lying in eighth place in the League Two table - currently kept off the play-off positions on goal difference.
Eastleigh have been bringing in a number of high profile players over the last year or so, with former Glovers Ryan Bird, Jake Howells and Bondz N'Gala all on their books. However, they lie in 9th place in the National League table, and eight points off the play-offs, and lost their manager Ronnie Moore yesterday after he resigned due to "personal circumstances", leaving them hunting for their third manager of the 2016-17 season.
It seems that Eastleigh's reaction was to get straight onto the phone to the Hive Stadium - Barnet acknowledge that they received an approach on Wednesday - and Barnet Chairman Tony Kleanthous admitted that had come as a surprise to him:
"Martin has asked to be released from his contract so he can join Eastleigh. The approach came out of the blue yesterday but it was quite clear that Martin had decided that he wanted to take the opportunity they were offering to him. He leaves with our best wishes having done a great job helping to rebuild the football club after our relegation into the National League. Our promotion two years ago was one of my highlights as Chairman and I was always aware Martin would be in demand as a result."
Barnet have put Development Team coach Rossi Eames in charge for the time being. He will be assisted by Academy manager Henry Newman. Although Yeovil Town have two fixtures to play before that match arrives, due to the FA Cup Second Round weekend, Barnet's next first team fixture comes on Saturday 10th December, when they will travel to play Yeovil Town in a League Two fixture. Unless Kleanthous moves quickly in his recruitment, that will be Eames' first game in charge.
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