Bookies’ favourite for the Spireites job leaves his post

Picture by Gareth Williams/AHPIX.com; Football; Sky Bet League Two; Barnet v Chesterfield FC; 05/05/2018 KO 15:00; The Hive Stadium; copyright picture; Howard Roe/AHPIX.com; Barnet boss Martin Allen feeling the pressure of the occasion
Picture by Gareth Williams/AHPIX.com; Football; Sky Bet League Two; Barnet v Chesterfield FC; 05/05/2018 KO 15:00; The Hive Stadium; copyright picture; Howard Roe/AHPIX.com; Barnet boss Martin Allen feeling the pressure of the occasion

The bookies’ favourite for the Chesterfield job has announced he is to leave his current job.

Martin Allen released a statement via the Barnet website this afternoon confirming that he will no longer be managing the Bees.

The veteran boss, who was in his fifth stint in charge at Barnet, said: “A short while ago I had a meeting with the chairman to let him know that I would not be continuing to manage his and your club.

“It’s been an amazing, unforgettable 8 weeks with all the players and the positive energy and the enthusiasm from all the supporters has been quite overwhelming and I can’t thank you enough.

“The Chairman has offered me a fantastic contract, offered to increase the budget and had done everything he could and no blame what so ever can be put his way. For me, it was 8 weeks and I am happy but of course underneath I’m bitterly disappointed and still very upset that we were unable to retain our position in the Football League.

“I really do hope Barnet Football Club can now grow with these players plus the addition of Johnson, Tarpey and Vilhete and you can all be proud to be Barnet supporters.”

Allen, who oversaw a 3-0 win over the Spireites in the final game of the season, was unable to save the Bees from the drop but kept their hopes alive to the very last day.

He, along with ex Town boss John Sheridan, is believed to be in the frame for the Proact job.