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Martin Allen has quit as manager of Brentford following their failure to be promoted from League One and the decision of the board of directors to cut the playing budget for next season, according to reports by Sky Sports News.

The former Barnet boss leaves Griffin Park after a little more than two years in the post, having succeeded Wally Downes towards the latter stages of the 2003/04 season.


After helping The Bees avoid relegation that season, Allen transformed Brentford into a promotion contender in season 2004/05, earning them a play-off semi-final clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

Brentford lost 3-1 on aggregate to the eventual League One playoff winners in The Owls, but his side bounced back to make the play-offs this past season.

However, a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Swansea City meant another season in League One for The Bees.

The situation has prompted reports that Allen was considering his future as Bees boss - unless funds were made available to strengthen the squad for next season.

Following the news on Tuesday, The Bees only went on to confirm that Allen remained under contract as manager for another 12 months - with no confirmation being made in regards to his reported departure from the club.

Meanwhile, reports in the capital have since suggested that Allen is in talks with League One rivals Tranmere Rovers regarding their managerial vacancy.

The Merseyside club are looking for a new manager following the departure of Brian Little following the season's end earlier this month.

31 May 2006

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