Martin Allen trades League Two Barnet for non league Eastleigh

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 01 December 2016, 14:40

Martin Allen has become the latest English Football League manager to venture down into the National Conferences after he surprisingly decided to switch League Two side Barnet for non-league outfit Eastleigh.

On Wednesday night Eastleigh announced the shock departure of boss Ronnie Moore who left the Hampshire club due to ‘personal circumstances’.

However, it surprised few to then see the 51-year-old emerge as the hot favourite to return to former club Rotherham, who are managerless following Monday’s exit of Kenny Jackett, who took charge of only five matches.

Allen’s switch to Eastleigh has caught many by surprise, with the experienced boss seemingly happy in his fourth spell at Barnet, with whom he led up to the fourth-tier in 2015, before preserving their Football League status last season.

Allen now inherits a side 9th in the National Conference, eight points off the play-offs after 23 matches. On Sunday the big-spending southern outfit host Conference North side Halifax in the second round of the FA Cup.

Meanwhile, Development Team coach Rossi Eames will take charge of the Barnet first team, with Eames, Neil Redfearn and Danny Cowley emerging as some of the early candidates in the Next Barnet Manager Market

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