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Foxes linked with Allen
22 May 2007 - 09:26:50
MK Dons boss Martin Allen has emerged as the frontrunner to become the new manager of Leicester City.
Allen guided the Dons to the play-off semi-finals - where they lost to Shrewsbury Town - in his first season at the League Two club.
The 41-year-old former Barnet and Brentford boss is reportedly top of Leicester chairman Milan Mandaric's shortlist of four, which also includes Neil Warnock following his decision to leave Sheffield United last week.
If appointed, Allen may take coaches Dave Hockaday and Adrian Whitbread with him to the Walkers Stadium in a new-look backroom team.
Leicester have been on the lookout for a new manager after Mandaric opted to sack former boss Rob Kelly in April.
Former Norwich City manager Nigel Worthington was appointed on a caretaker basis and helped the club secure their Championship status, but isn't believed to be in the frame for the job on a permanent basis.
Meanwhile, the managerless Foxes have opted to release five out of contract players.
Danny Cadamarteri, Nils-Eric Johansson, Andy Johnson and Scott Lycett have all been released, while Danny Tiatto is returning to to his native Australia to conclude his playing career.