Barnet boss Martin Allen is a shock contender to be Leeds United’s next manager, according to The Mirror.
The 49-year-old is out of contract at Barnet in the summer despite leading the Bees back into the Football League by winning the Conference.
His contract situation has come to the attention of Leeds United as talks with Burton Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink looks to have hit a dead end.
The Mirror understands the former Leeds striker, who has got Burton promoted from League Two this season, wants reassurances about the club’s future and direction before considering leaving the Brewers.
Allen is on the contenders list after leading Barnet to the Conference title this season with 92 points from 46 matches.
The former QPR, West Ham, Portsmouth and Southend midfielder is in his fourth spell with the Bees after beginning his managerial career at the club in 2003.
He left for Brentford a year later and saved them from relegation to the Third Division (now League Two) and led the club to two play-off finishes but could not lead the Bees to promotion.
Allen has also had spells in charge of MK Dons, Leicester City, Cheltenham Town, Notts County and Gillingham, where he guided the club to the League Two title in 2013 and won the League’s Manager of the Year.