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Ex-West Ham United player in contention for the vacant Portsmouth job

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Former Gillingham manager Martin Allen is among the candidates being considered for the vacant Portsmouth manager’s post, The Portsmouth News understands.

Allen is a target for Pompey

Allen is a target for Pompey

The Barnet head coach, who recently got his team promoted to the Sky Bet League Two after winning the final match against Gateshead, has moved into the thoughts of the Pompey board as they seek a replacement for Andy Awford. Allen has enjoyed success in guiding his teams to a promotion or a play off qualification.

Paul Cook is the first manager to be approached following last Thursday’s board meeting held at Fratton Park.

The former Accrington Stanley manager has enjoyed huge success at Chesterfield by guiding his team from promotion to Sky Bet League One and now finishing the season by qualifying for the play-off places.

The news also understands that their pursuit of the Chesterfield manager will be a daunting task, as the 48-year-old is under contract till 2017.

There would be a compensation in the range of £150,000 to activate the buy-out clause.

Whereas Allen’s contract expires after the weekend. It is also understood that he is keeping his options open before committing to any deal at The Hive

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