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.