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I should have been given more time, says former Eastleigh boss Martin Allen

MARTIN ALLEN says he should have been given more time as Eastleigh boss but “left on good terms” following his sacking last month.

The former Brentford, MK Dons and Leicester chief left League Two side Barnet to replace Ronnie Moore as Eastleigh manager at the start of the December.

The 51-year-old led Barnet to the Conference title in the 2014-15 season in his fourth spell in charge of the London club with Eastleigh hoping he could do the same for them.

However, Allen was unable to turn the club’s fortunes around and he was dismissed after a home defeat to Macclesfield that left the Spitfires 15th in the table and 14 points adrift of the top five despite having reportedly the biggest budget in the National League.

Allen departed Eastleigh having won just two of his games in charge and left the Spitfires searching for their fourth manager of the season, with ex-boss Richard Hill returning in caretaker charge.

The former boss, known as Mad Dog, praised Eastleigh but says he was left disappointed that he wasn’t given more time to turn things around at the Silverlake Stadium

In his column in the Daily Mail, he said: “Getting sacked, as I did at Eastleigh last month, is always upsetting and disappointing.

“My life was non-stop telephone calls with agents, the club secretary, finance director, chairman, assistant manager, senior players, physio and local media then all of a sudden with one conversation at Newbury Services it all just ceases.

“It feels weird, but it is something I’m getting used to now. The results were not good enough, as the results were not good enough for the previous manager or the previous manager before him.

“Eastleigh is a good club with lots of good people and a very patient, loyal fanbase. It’s just a shame I did not get more time to build my own team to get it ready to challenge next season. But hey-ho, the chairman makes the decisions and I have left on good terms.”

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