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Allen scouts out a job with former club Queens Park Rangers

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: January 07, 2010

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FORMER Cheltenham Town boss Martin Allen has wasted little time in finding a new job in football.

The 44-year-old, who finalised his departure from Whaddon Road shortly before Christmas after a disastrous 16-month reign, has joined Queens Park Rangers as a part time scout.

Allen came through the youth ranks at Loftus Road and made 136 appearances for the Rs in the late 1980s before moving to West Ham United.

One of the first moves made by new Rangers manager Paul Hart was to install the former midfield favourite on his scouting staff.

"We are starting to have a look at the scouting system, but over Christmas it's been very hard to deal with everything," said Hart.

"The scouting side of things has been difficult and we are just trying to address that now.

"Martin's free and is going to start having a look around for us on a part-time basis. I know him and know what he does."

Allen's move into scouting is somewhat ironic given that one of his first acts when appointed as Cheltenham boss was to dispense of the services of chief scout Kieran Scarff as he lived in Lincoln.

Scarff was eventually replaced by former Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Alan Fettis, who combined the role with that of part-time goalkeeping coach, despite being based in Cheshire.

However when Fettis departed for a role in Steve Bruce's coaching staff at Premier League club Sunderland.

His scouting role was not replaced.

Allen claimed at the start of the season that the club's resources didn't stretch to scouting so no information could be provided on teams the Robins were about to play.

After Allen was placed on gardening leave in October of last year, acting manager John Schofield utilised injured skipper Shane Duff in a scouting capacity.

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    nigel, cheltenham  |  January 13 2010, 12:55PM

    Cameron from Taunton, do please correct me if im wrong but are you the one who is always on here taking every opportunity to say how great Paul Connor was??? The best decision ma made was to get rid of his underperforming, slow, lazy , non-goal scoring ass! He was terrible!!!!! one of the worst ive seen to turn out in a chelt shirt (and thats saying something)

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    cameron, taunton  |  January 08 2010, 12:19PM

    the man released paul connor i need say no more about his judgement

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    chris houlton, cheltenham  |  January 07 2010, 6:20PM

    hopefully he comes and takes his followers elvis and diallo oh i can dream,

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    Ian, Stroud  |  January 07 2010, 4:24PM

    " I know him and know what he does..." - Does Hart mean he is aware of Allen's trouser dropping in public places?!?! God help North West London.

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    Chelt to the end, Chelt  |  January 07 2010, 11:05AM

    "I know him and know what he does..." He can't have been watching him whilst he was with the Robins then or he wouldn't have touched him with a bargepole.

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    alf hart, windsor  |  January 07 2010, 11:04AM

    He'll have even more money to waste there. As long as he steers clear of WR I'm happy. I can just see him looking through the railway fence at Seasons seeing if Elvis is out of bed or checking on the fabulous new talent called Hutton who didn't seem to be around when he was manager.

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    Richard lll, Cheltenham  |  January 07 2010, 10:56AM

    You mean like: Ashley Hemmings, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, Sam Cox, Romane Rose, Jordan Tabor + Tom Denton?

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    alex, chelt.  |  January 07 2010, 10:30AM

    expect Q.P.R. to have an influx of loanees,with no realistic first team prospects ?

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    Steve, Cheltenham  |  January 07 2010, 10:01AM

    Official line: Martin Allen is a scout. Literal translation: Martin Allen will be watching Mama Mia every afternoon.

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    Arkala, Scout hut  |  January 07 2010, 9:57AM

    Martin old boy Thought I'd help you out with your new job. There's a couple of hotshot strikers available, ready and willing. They are Elvis Hammond and Barry Hayles. Act quickly.

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