Allen confirmed he would be at a press conference at the club this afternoon.

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Mad Dog Martin Allen is set to be confirmed as the new Gillingham manager this afternoon.

Allen told KOS Media he was on his way to Gillingham at 4pm today for a press conference where it is expected he will be unveiled as the new manager.

It ends nearly two months of speculation after Andy Hessenthaler stepped down before taking up the director of football role.

He said: “I’m on my way to Gillingham. The press conference is at 4pm isn’t it?”

When asked if that was when he would be named the new manager he said: “You will have to wait and see.”

His first job in management came with Barnet when they were in the conference in March 2003, but he left there in at the end of the 2003/2004 campaign for Brentford. He stayed there for two years, before resigning weeks before the end of the season in May 2006 citing lack of board commitment.

From there he went to MK Dons who at the time were in League Two, and took them to the play-offs where the lost to Shrewsbury Town in the semi-finals.

He didn’t stay long and left for Championship side Leicester City in May 2007. His relationship with owner Milan Mandaric broke down within weeks of the start of the season, ending in his contract being cancelled by mutual consent after four games.

He got back into management in September 2007 at Cheltenham Town where he struggled against financial problems before leaving in 2009. He had a brief spell at QPR as a scout in January 2010 before returning to Barnet for his second spell at the end of the 2010/11 season on an eight game contract which he left after just three to take up the Notts County job.

However he lasted less than a year and was sacked in February 2012.

He started his third spell at Barnet in April this year for the last three games of the season with the mission of keeping the club in the Football League, whiched he achieved on the last day of the season.

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