Martin Allen had long spells as both a football player and manager, playing more than 150 times for QPR and West Ham, and managing Barnet, MK Dons, Leicester, Brentford and Notts County, among others.
He learned his trade under Alan Pardew as an assistant manager at Reading.
Known as “The Mad Dog” for a certain frothing at the mouth incident at West Ham, Martin has had some interesting ways of motivating his players - one time even making them swim in a freezing cold river.
In his best Eric Cantona impression, he once said this of his players:
"You feed the horse, rub it, kick the thing sometimes and sometimes you cuddle it, but if that horse doesn't want to jump that hurdle, it doesn't matter how good a jockey you are. But God did they jump high today.”