IAN ALLINSON has left his role as director of football at Boreham Wood to become local rivals St Albans City’s new manager.
Allinson led the Wood to promotion from the Conference South last season but resigned in October after the club moved to daytime training.
He returned a month later to assist new manager Luke Garrard as director of football but he was announced as the Saints’ new boss on Friday.
Harry Wheeler, who had been in charge since the departures of James Gray and Graham Golds at the end of November, was originally given the job until the end of the season but the desire for experience means Allinson has been drafted in.
Wheeler will remain with the Saints as Allinson’s assistant as the club battle to remain in the Conference South. They are bottom of the league and five points from safety after a run of eight games without a victory.
A St Albans statement read: “Ian has a wealth of experience in management including successfully achieving promotion for Boreham Wood FC to the National League during their 2014-15 campaign.
“Recognising the importance of having good coaching and continuity, Ian will retain Harry Wheeler as his assistant. Ian will take charge of the team for our home fixture against Concord Rangers tomorrow.”
Boreham Wood chairman Danny Hunter added: “I was taken back initially when Ian first told me he was leaving, especially as it was St Albans, but on reflection I shouldn’t ever be shocked when it relates to football.
“Myself and Ian have in truth had such a great time together, we’ve built so many memories but that’s for us to enjoy when we meet up in the future, as we are great friends outside football.”