I’ll not re-apply for Bayelsa Utd job- Festus Allen

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TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN
Former head coach of Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, Coach Festus Allen has frowned at the decision by the management of Bayelsa United, asking the coaches to re-apply for their positions if interested.
Allen, who led the Nigeria National League (NNL) club to a second place finish in Group B2 last season said that the decision by the Tony Ogola-led board is not good enough, adding that it undermines his contributions to the club in the recently concluded season.
‘It is true I had a one year contract with the club, which ended at the close of the season. But going by the final standing of the team, asking me to re-apply is like telling me I am no longer needed’.
‘Until the last match of the season between ABS FC of Ilorin and Gateway FC, we still had the chance of making it to the NPFL. Had the match in Ilorin ended in a draw, we would have made it. That is to tell you the level of our achievement.
‘If they cannot judge me and my assistants with the achievements we had and ask us to continue, I don’t see myself re-applying for the same job again.’
‘I thank the management of the club for the opportunity I was given to contribute my quota to the development of the club.
‘I also want to commend the wonderful players I worked with, and the backroom staff. Bayelsa United is presently a team with great credibility, but I am afraid, I cannot re-apply.
Ask about his next move, the former handler of ABS FC said it’s all in the hand of God.
‘My next move is in the hands of Almighty God, just watch out for Coach Festus Allen,’ he concluded.
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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
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