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Barnet bring back Grazioli - and sign two loan players

Giuliano Grazioli
Grazioli scored 65 goals in 149 games in his five seasons with Barnet

Barnet manager Martin Allen has appointed former Bees striker Giuliano Grazioli as his new assistant manager.

Following his return to Underhill on Wednesday, Allen's first job was to bring in Grazioli, 36, who he signed as a player in his first spell in charge.

Allen has also made two new loan signings on the last day of the window.

He has brought in MK Dons defender Jude Stirling, 28, and Chelsea reserve team goalkeeper Sam Walker, 19, both until the end of the season.

Allen is still expecting to make more signings as Barnet, 23rd in League Two, three points adrift of safety, attempt to avoid a second relegation from the Football League in 10 years.

But his main bit of business could be bringing back, who hit 65 goals in 149 appearances in his five seasons at Barnet between 2003 and 2008.

"He has got a lot of love for Barnet FC," said Allen. "It's an absolute no-brainer not to bring him in to work with the players".

It is the second time Allen has signed Stirling, who he took to MK Dons in January 2007.

Walker has been brought in to strengthen the keeping department as first-choice keeper Jake Cole and deputy Liam O'Brien are both sidelined with injuries.

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Allen re-appointed Barnet manager
24 Mar 11 |  League Two
Aldershot 1-0 Barnet
24 Mar 11 |  League Two
Barnet sign Oxford striker Midson
21 Mar 11 |  Barnet
Grazioli transfer-listed by Bees
10 Jan 08 |  Barnet
Barnet loan Grazioli to Wimbledon
07 Sep 07 |  Barnet

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