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Allen put on leave by Cheltenham

Martin Allen
Allen took charge of Cheltenham in September 2008

League Two side Cheltenham Town have placed manager Martin Allen on gardening leave.

Allen, 44, has been asked to stay away from Whaddon Road pending an investigation into an alleged incident at a nightclub.

A club statement read: "Martin will not be required to attend work pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations that have been reported."

Gloucestershire Police have confirmed they are looking into the claims.

Assistant manager John Schofield has been placed in caretaker charge in Allen's absence.

A Gloucestershire Police statement read: "We did not receive any reports of this particular incident on the night it is alleged to have taken place and have not received any reports since.

"However, due to the nature of the allegations now being reported in the media we have taken the decision to look into it further.

"Officers will be in contact with the nightclub to speak to staff in order to establish if any crime has been committed."

Former Brentford and MK Dons boss Allen took charge of the Robins in September 2008 but was unable to prevent them being relegated from League One.

The Gloucestershire club have fared little better this season and currently lie 20th in League Two, with just three wins from their opening 13 games.

I moved to Cheltenham six weeks ago and I'm very happy here

Martin Allen speaking earlier in October

Friday's 2-1 defeat at home to Macclesfield extended their winless run to six games.

Earlier in October, Allen ruled himself out of of the running for then available job at Wycombe Wanderers.

He told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "I moved to Cheltenham six weeks ago and I'm very happy here.

"I know I have a hard job with the lowest budget in the league, but there are no distractions for me.

"I'm staying. We had a tough year last year and it's a challenge to manage here. I've no interest in Wycombe."

Allen began his managerial career at Barnet before moving to Brentford in March 2004.

In his two years at Griffin Park, Allen took the Bees to the League One play-offs on two separate occasions but resigned in May 2006.

After a year in charge of MK Dons, Allen moved to Leicester City, but left the Walkers Stadium by mutual consent after just four games when his relationship with chairman Milan Mandaric deteriorated.

He was appointed Cheltenham manager a year later, following in the footsteps of his father Dennis, who managed the Robins between 1974 and 1979.

Cheltenham 1-2 Macclesfield

Cheltenham 1-2 Macclesfield



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