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Speaking ahead of pre-season, Barnet boss Martin Allen has spoken about his sides upcoming campaign ahead of his first full season since re-joining the club for a fourth time in March 2014.
The team finished 8th in the league last season after missing out on the playoffs. Allen was brought in with eight games to go in order to push towards that aim after suffering five straight defeats under joint interim managers Ulrich Landvreugd and Dick Schreuder.
Allen's side were denied the playoff places after suffering a heavy home defeat to part timers FC Halifax. The score finished 4-0. The manager after the game said it was humiliating for his side; he also claimed recently that is the moment he knew he had to speak to the chairman about rebuilding the squad.
“It was humiliating; I wouldn’t say embarrassing because it wasn’t really my group of players. That day I thought they were absolutely awesome and I have kept my eye on them since and been to watch them a few times ”.
“I knew from that day that I would need to do something different and we would have to change it, and God bless our chairman he has backed me all the way. The chairman deserves a lot of credit for actually getting the players here. I can recommend them but he has brought them in”
Allen added: “I told him that night that this needs massive change rather than tweaking and that is what we have set out to do”
Allen did so by bring in new faces, these were: John Akinde, Sam Muggleton, Bondz N’Gala, Charlie MacDonald, Sam Togwell, Sam Cowler, Lee Cook, Adam Mekki (now left) and Michael Gash. Despite already making these signings, Allen suggests a couple more faces are yet to arrive or depart.
He says he wants his squad to have the perfect balance for the season ahead.
But can Allen deliver the goods when his campaign for the new season starts away to Chester. We’ll begin to have a glimpse at his playing style during pre-season; and we’ll report to you on pre-season once it’s happened.