Date: 21st August 2015 at 2:48pm
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Martin Allen is on the lookout for a new assistant coach at Barnet following the news this week the well travelled Adrian Whitbread was leaving the club.

In fact he now has as Tuesday’s win against Northampton was confirmed on the Official Website as the last he would be involved with….

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Whitbread, known to Allen from playing days at West Ham and Portsmouth and a coaching with him at Brentford, Leicester and MK Dons, is leaving the Bees to take up an overseas opportunity.

At this stage nothing has been revealed all Whitbread would say was this ‘offer from overseas’ will be ‘announced next Monday’ but it wasn’t one he could turn down and this challenge had to be accepted.

‘I spoke to the Manager and the Chairman about it, and they both understood my situation. Obviously they wanted me to stay, but it’s just an unbelievable opportunity.

‘It’s basically starting a football club from nothing – no players and no staff. So I’m going to be going in and actually setting it all up.

‘That process is obviously going to take a lot of hard work.’

Whitbread, who has been around the block a bit as a coach said he’s ‘off on my travels again’ but went onto say how ‘very grateful for the opportunity’ he was that Barnet gave him yet with ‘another progression’ for him it’s time for ‘and another chapter’ in his career.

It goes without saying he wished the club well and feels the moves forward made by the Bees are evident, adding.

‘I can see that progression has been made from last season, when they went up as champions.

‘Even in the two games we’ve played in the league, we’ve performed very well.

‘The players have got a great opportunity this season to go on and really do something.’

Reports in the Times-Series say this will be in America’s Major League Soccer, which makes sense as new ‘franchises’ are often set up MLS.

All will be known on Monday!

However, on the exit himself Allen added, in the Times-Series.

‘Working with him is always memorable and I’m sure he will continue to be successful.

‘We go back a long way and we understand each other. I know how he works and have known him from my time at West Ham United and at Portsmouth; we have a mutual respect for each other.

‘He feels that working abroad can only make you a better coach and that while the very nature of every football club is often very much the same, coaching players with a variety of backgrounds and approaches helps to add to a coach’s knowledge of the game.’


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