GARY WADDOCK has given a ringing endorsement of Martin Allen’s managerial credentials.
Allen is one of the names in the frame to succeed Andy Awford as Pompey manager after his departure last week.
Martin knows how to turn clubs around. He’s not only done it at Barnet but other clubs as well.Gary Waddock
The former Blues midfielder is one game away from taking Barnet into the Football League as Conference Premier champions.
And his work there hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Pompey board, where he has admirers.
Waddock knows Allen well from their time coming through the ranks at QPR – and they also worked together this season at The Hive.
The Pompey caretaker boss is in no doubt about the qualities he possesses.
Waddock said: ‘Martin Allen is a very good manager.
‘He’s done an outstanding job at Barnet and other clubs he’s been at.
‘They’ve performed extremely well all season. They have had a period where they had a real gap between them and the teams below them.
‘Teams have got close to them but they haven’t panicked, remained calm and are still top of the table.
‘Martin has everything to play for at Barnet to gain promotion and another championship for himself.
‘He’s very thorough and very detailed in his approach.
‘The tag which has gone around with him for a large part of his career is very unfair I think.
‘He knows what he’s about. He knows how to organise teams and get teams winning.
‘Martin knows how to turn clubs around.
‘He’s not only done it at Barnet but other clubs as well. He’s a good guy, too.
‘He gets the best out of players and he’s got a good eye for a player who can fit into the style he wants to bring to a football club.
‘I would always speak very highly of him because I think he is a very good manager.’
Waddock paid tribute to Allen’s impact on his own career, after he offered him a coaching role at Barnet when he left Oxford last summer.
The 53-year-old underlined, however, he has no influence on who will become the club’s new manager.
Waddock is just intending to be part of Pompey’s senior set-up for the long term.
He said: ‘I’ve known Martin a number of years.
‘We go back to our QPR days when we were trying to make careers for ourselves as players.
‘We’ve known each other for a very long time. Martin has been very good to me.
‘When I was out of work he got me on the grass coaching.
‘He’s been very good to me.
‘We were at QPR as youngsters.
‘I’m a couple of years older than him.
‘But it’s the club’s decision who they appoint. It’s not my decision.
‘I’ve had some very good conversations with the chairman and chief exec.
‘In answer to the question (whether he’s part of the long-term picture), I hope so.’