Martin Allen: Chesterfield manager turned press officer

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 24 May 2018, 15:17

If Martin Allen ever decides to pack it in as a football manager, he’ll have absolutely no problem bagging a job as a press officer, or even a social media executive.

The new Chesterfield boss has sent the twitter sphere into a frenzy following his latest antics - intentional or not - which deserve a full round of applause.

Throughout the last week Allen has been putting his dry wit and “Mad Dog” nickname to great use in the form of the club’s online press releases.

Now these announcements can often be a little flat and uninspiring, but that viewpoint certainly cannot be applied to Mad Dog who, in a series of short and spicy statements, has unveiled his new signings and in-house promotions in his own unique fashion, before simply signing off with: “Take care, Martin.”

Here are a few of our personal favourites (you can check out more of comical collection in the tweets at the bottom of the page).

“He (Michael Nelson) is as fit as a butcher’s dog and he is a great man to work with.”

 

“He (Shwan Jalal) will do well for us”

 

“He (Dan Evans) was absolutely overjoyed when I rang him earlier and no doubt he will have the biggest smile on his face of everyone on that aeroplane coming home from Malaga.”

Allen had an eventful end to the 2017/18 season after he returned to his beloved Barnet in March, in an attempt to rescue the struggling club from relegation out of the Football League.

The 52-year-old remarkably accumulated a whopping five wins from his eight matches in charge - which accounted for just over 40% of the club’s 12 victories all season - however, it heartbreakingly wasn’t enough to save The Bees from the dreaded drop down to the National League.

Martin Allen finished top of the ‘League Two Manager Impact’ table

Last season also saw Chesterfield relegated - for the second season in a row - from League Two after the club finished bottom of the table.

After leaving Barnet, Allen went on to sign a deal with the Spireites, as he became their fifth permanent boss in the space of just three years.

Allen will now be tasked with leading his new troops straight back up to League Two, something which he achieved with Barnet in 2014/15 when he won the National League title.

 

 

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