Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous is banking on the Martin Allen effect to keep the club in the Football League - despite the manager's shock decision to move to Notts County.

The Bees had taken seven points from Allen's three games in charge to move level with third-bottom Burton. But the 45-year-old has upped sticks to join the League One Magpies, leaving assistant-boss Giuliano Grazioli and club captain Anwar Uddin to finish the job.

Kleanthous refused to blast Allen, who had a contract for eight games but has now signed a one-year rolling deal at Meadow Lane, and he told Sky Sports News:

"I think we were good for Martin, I know he was happy at the club but unfortunately we are not big enough for him, he has a bit of success and offers come rolling in for him."


He added: "There is no animosity.

"If he keeps Notts County up then he has a chance to go for the Championship and that's something we can't offer him.

"That's football - there doesn't seem to be any loyalty and it's very frustrating. But Martin has changed the whole spirit of the club and I hope it carries through.

"We still have our coaching staff - everyone is together."

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