Allen gets Cheltenham job

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Cheltenham have appointed former Leicester boss Martin Allen as their new manager.

Allen has been out of football since his short stint as Foxes boss in the early part of last season, but has now been appointed to replace Keith Downing, who left by mutual consent on Saturday.

The Robins are currently bottom of Coca-Cola League One after a disappointing start, with Downing's final game ending in a 4-1 defeat Hartlepool on Friday.

Allen, 43, has signed a three-year contract at Whaddon Road and will be in charge for the first time on Tuesday night when Bristol Rovers visit.

After a playing career which took in spells at QPR, West Ham, Portsmouth and Southend, Allen's first job in management was at Barnet in 2003, and after building a successful team in the Conference he moved on to Brentford the following year.

He guided the Bees to the League One play-offs in both 2005 and 2006, and the FA Cup fifth round in his second season, but resigned in the summer of 2006, citing a lack of ambition from the club's board.

A move to MK Dons followed and another play-off semi-final defeat in 2007 was enough to impress Leicester chairman Milan Mandaric sufficiently to appoint him as Foxes manager.

However, he lasted just four games and his contract was terminated on August 29 - four days after a 4-1 win over Watford.

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