Martin Allen's tenure at Cheltenham appears to be nearing its end after he was put
on gardening leave following a row with a nightclub bouncer.
Allen is alleged to have called doorman Garry Saintil "a black b******"
after being refused entry to the Thirteen Degrees venue in Cheltenham.
It is claimed Allen tried to jump a queue of 60 people and then challenged
Saintil to a fight.
"There were racial undertones in the kind of
language he was using and he referred to me as a 'black
b******', " said Saintil.
"He wouldn't accept that he
wasn't going to get in. He stayed
outside the club for about an hour, prowling around and staring at me from
across the street.
"At one point he challenged me to come across to the car park opposite for
a fight. He also threatened he was going to get someone to do me in."
Club owner Matthew Bull added: "There was quite a
large queue outside the venue and he started to try to force his way to the
"He was shouting his name. I don't want someone in here who behaves like that. He
was a disgrace. Our staff do a fantastic job and are all highly experienced.
"He was mocking their roles and making disparaging
comments about how much they earn compared to him."
While the claim of racism has made the headlines for
obvious reasons, Early Doors would venture that the rest of the story is just
as damaging to Allen.
Most fans would raise eyebrows at their club's manager being in a nightclub at all, but queue-jumping,
getting refused entry, trying to fight a bouncer in a car park and 'prowling'
for an hour? It doesn't sound good.
Allen has not commented on the alleged incident. His defence is eagerly awaited.
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Martin Allen acquired the nickname 'Mad
Dog' as a player, and has lived up
to his billing since turning to management.
Here are some other 'highlights' from his time in the dugout:
Allen dives naked into the Solent ahead of Brentford's
FA Cup tie against Southampton after a dare
from his players. He says: "I stripped naked and dived in like Mark
Spitz. There was a ruddy great tanker, bigger than this ground, 100 yards away.
I nearly had a heart attack from that and the freezing water."
Tells the Independent of his
anger that England
boss Sven-Goran Eriksson had not heard of Brentford, adding: "I wondered
what it would be like to go into a 50-50 tackle with him."
secured a deal to bring DJ Campbell to Leicester from Birmingham after impersonating Sir Alex
Ferguson, saying: "There was a hitch in the DJ Campbell deal which had to
be clarified. I asked if I could speak to Mr Steve Bruce. The man who picked up
the phone said he was training and I replied in my Scottish accent that it was
Sir Alex Ferguson on the phone. Mr Bruce came to the phone and said 'Good morning Alex'
and I replied 'Good Morning Steve,
it's Martin Allen'. He laughed and laughed and laughed; he called me
a few names."
Leicester chairman Milan
Mandaric sacks Allen after just four games in charge. The combustible pair had
an almighty bust-up over Allen's
refusal to sign another shrinking violet, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Now at Cheltenham, Allen is barred from a
town centre for dropping his trousers at an end-of-season party, held two days
before the club's relegation to
League Two is confirmed. Bar manager Kirsty Wiseman tells the Gloucestershire
Echo: "He soon drew attention to himself by behaving in a rowdy manner, dancing
up on the stage with his shirt off, surrounded by women. Then, when he was
standing in front of the bar, he dropped his trousers, before parading up
towards the dancefloor. He started to unzip his trousers, as if to taunt us, so
I said: 'Enough is enough - you're out.'"
In an official statement Cheltenham take a
lenient stance, saying: "The incident, while regrettable, was a minor one."