Eastleigh: Ryan Clarke, Gavin Hoyte, Michael Green, Sam Togwell, Reda Johnson, Ayo Obileye, Ross Stearn (James Constable,65), Ben Strevens, Scott Wilson, Craig McAllister, Tyler Garratt (Sam Matthews, 71). Subs: (not used) Ben Close, Sam Muggleton, Hakeem Odoffin.
Billericay swoop for Eastleigh wingerBILLERICAY Town have today confirmed the signing of Mekhi Leacock-McLeod from Eastleigh. The pacy winger lasted little more than five weeks at the Silverlake having been signed from VCD Athletic in mid-January by Martin Allen, who was sacked as Spitfires boss last Wednesday.
Hill resolves to bring "normality" back at Eastleigh
RICHARD Hill had to choose his words carefully when discussing the monumental repair job he has taken on at Eastleigh. Having returned to the Spitfires as director of football/caretaker manager last week, he saw the full extent of what he had inherited in yesterday's eye-opening 3-0 defeat at Dover Athletic.
Richard Hill's post-match thoughts following Eastleigh's 3-0 defeat away at Dover:
"Very frustrated. We huffed and puffed for long spells of the game. The players are very low on confidence."
"The first goal after three minutes – the ball has come in the box and you can see everybody panicking. Why? It’s a game of football, the ball is going to come in the box. You have to deal with it."
"We had a little bit of possession and we passed the ball ok at times and we went from side to side ok and then the final ball in the box is very, very predictable. We’re very predictable in the play after that and we actually do look like a team of individuals."
"I’ve got a group of players here that I’ve inherited and for me to say anything publicly after one game would be wrong. I’ve got to keep my thoughts to myself but we do need to do a lot better and we do need to work harder."
"I do think some of the players need to realise that this is their job…
Of all the ‘crimes’ Martin Allen committed in the eyes of Eastleigh fans, letting go of left-back Michael Green was one of the biggest. But a fortnight, as they say, is a long time in football.
On February 9, Green had been ushered towards the Silverlake exit door, told he would not feature in Allen’s plans for National League domination next season.
Two weeks later Allen is history and Green has been welcomed back with open arms to the place he calls “home”, ready for Saturday's tough test at fifth-placed Dover Athletic.
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Eastleigh fans' favourite so pleased to be "home" after two weeks away
OF all the 'crimes' Martin Allen committed in the eyes of Eastleigh fans, letting go of left-back Michael Green was one of the biggest. But a fortnight, as they say, is a long time in football. On February 9, Green had been ushered towards the Silverlake exit door, told he would not feature in Allen's plans for National League domination next seaso…
Michael Green has returned to Eastleigh following on from the news of Martin Allen getting the sack and title-winning manager Richard Hill also making a welcome Silverlake Stadium return as Director of Football and caretaker manager in the short-term.
Michael Green Returns -
At the start of this season Eastleigh FC had high hopes of challenging for promotion. Clearly there has been far too much change for this to be achieved and the managerial changes have not had the desired affect. This is solely the fault of the Chairman who would like to apologise to all our loyal fans who deserve much better. Mistakes have been made, albeit with the best of intentions, however it has been a costly and unsettling period, which has seen the club unfortunately struggle rather than build on previous progress.
With this in mind it is important the decision made regarding a replacement manager is considered and thorough. The club need more football expertise to ensure we give ourselves the best chance of future success and progression. Therefore the club have appointed, previous manager Richard Hill with immediate effect to assist and give the club much-needed guidance.
Richard will join as Director of football. In the short term he wi…
Eastleigh have turned to former manager Richard Hill to dig them out of a hole - and welcomed fans' favourite Michael Green back to the club.
Hill, who led the Spitfires to the greatest triumph in their history, lifting the 2013/14 Conference South title, has been appointed director of football and placed in short-term charge of the team following the sacking of Martin Allen.
He will be assisted by senior players Craig McAllister and Ben Strevens, plus head of youth Lee Peacock.
Left-back Green, released by Allen a fortnight ago, is back by popular demand and will go straight into the squad for Saturday's trip to Dover Athletic.
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EASTLEIGH have turned to former manager Richard Hill to dig them out of a hole - and welcomed fans' favourite Michael Green back to the club. Hill, who led the Spitfires to the greatest triumph in their history, lifting the 2013/14 Conference South title, h…
Eastleigh chief executive Mark Jewell says the Spitfires were left with no alternative but to sack Martin Allen – even at the risk of the club being branded a “circus.”
Allen – the National League outfit's third manager of the season – had his contract terminated with immediate effect today after 14 league and cup games in charge.
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Eastleigh chief exec: "We had no choice but to sack Martin Allen"
EASTLEIGH chief executive Mark Jewell says the Spitfires were left with no alternative but to sack Martin Allen - even at the risk of the club being branded a "circus." Allen - the National League outfit's third manager of the season - had his contract terminated with immediate effect today after 14 league and cup games in charge.
Martin Allen has been relieved of his duties and leaves the Spitfires after just 14 games in charge at Eastleigh.
A club statement read as follows: "Eastleigh Football Club can today confirm that following the club’s home reverse to Macclesfield Town on Tuesday evening, a resultant meeting with First Team Manager Martin Allen has this morning seen his contract terminated with immediate effect."
"The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Martin for his efforts during his time with the club and wish him well for the future."
"Further announcements will be made in due course when applicable."
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More Silverlake woe for slip-sliding EastleighEASTLEIGH 0 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 1. THREE home games in eight days and not one National League point banked. Eastleigh 's Silverlake Stadium misery continued tonight as they paid the price for an appalling start in a 1-0 home defeat by Macclesfield Town.
Allen confident that short-term pain will bring long-term gain for EastleighEASTLEIGH boss Martin Allen has a proven track record of turning short-term pain into long-term gain with his previous clubs Gillingham and Barnet. So while fans may be feeling twitchy as the Spitfires head into tomorrow's FREE-ENTRY game against Macclesfield Town (Tuesday, 7.45pm) still looking for their first victory of 2017, the manager himself takes confidence in knowing that history is on his side.
Craig McAllister's post-match thoughts after Eastleigh's 2-0 loss at home against Tranmere:
"I’m happy to be back but disappointed with the result in the end."
"We had a game plan which we kept to quite well in the first half. There wasn’t a lot of quality but we worked on staying in the game as long as we could. We knew it was going to be difficult because the pitch would get cut up and it wasn’t going to be pretty."
Eastleigh 0-2 Tranmere https://t.co/PpeScB9kkp#Spitfires
— Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) February 18, 2017
Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Hakeem Odoffin, Sam Muggleton, Ben Strevens, Ayo Obileye, Adam Dugdale, Mekhi Leacock-McLeod (Sam Matthews, 65), Sam Togwell, Scott Wilson (James Constable, 65), Craig McAllister (Chinua Cole, 81), Ross Stearn. Subs (not used): Ryan Clarke, Ben Close.
Eastleigh much improved - but still the home hurt continues
EASTLEIGH 0 TRANMERE ROVERS 2. EASTLEIGH produced a performance brimming with energy, workrate and desire at home to National League promotion chasers Tranmere Rovers this afternoon. But unfortunately for the Spitfires, a vastly improved showing was still not good enough to break their home hoodoo as two second-half goals extended their win-less run at the Silverlake Stadium to nine games, stretching back to October 25.
Eastleigh Football Club have today welcomed striker Craig McAllister back to the Club signing from Sutton United.
McAllister will add experience and a physical presence in the Eastleigh strikers department as this young evolving squad moulds together.
McAllister goes straight into tomorrow’s squad for the home game against Tranmere Rovers.
The striker who has also seen service with Basingstoke Town, Newport County, Stevenage Borough, Oxford United, Crawley Town and Exeter City will be looking to add to his 115 goals he has already scored for the Club in his previous three spells with The Spitfires.
Eastleigh Sign McAllister
Quotes from Eastleigh boss Martin Allen as he reflects on the defeat at home to Braintree and looks ahead to taking on Tranmere:
Reflecting on Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at home v Braintree:
“We’ve had a long chat this morning to see the players and [have] a few individual chats.”
“Obviously it was a big disappointment, especially after playing so well at the weekend away at Guiseley. It was such a good performance up there where we came so close to getting three points.”
“It’s still not quite clicking yet but having watched the video we saw some of the chances we had. Strevs (Ben Strevens) is through with the goalkeeper to beat, then Tyler (Tyler Garratt) was through one v one. [There was also] Strevs’ header at the far post from three yards that went just wide, so we still had chances even though I don’t think we played that well.”
Work to do:
“There’s still a lot of work to do here at the moment. It’s very frustrating for the supporters, it’s frustrating for myself and we have to work o…
Eastleigh targetman's injury is a pain in the neckTHE mystery of Darius Henderson's absence from the Eastleigh side has been cleared up. The 6ft 4in targetman, signed on a free transfer from Mansfield Town last month, has sat out the last two games with painful neck spasms. The Spitfires were crying out for Henderson's height and physicality on Tuesday as their dire run of home results continued with a 2-0 defeat to Braintree Town.
Two-goal Cheek is Valentine's passion killer for EastleighMARTIN Allen was hoping fans would feel the love for his new-look Eastleigh side on Valentine's Night, but two 'Cheeky' goals turned out to be a real passion-killer. Brace man Michael Cheek sent lowly Braintree Town home 2-0 victors, leaving a 1,702 crowd desperately disappointed and the Spitfires still seeking their first home win since way back in late October.
Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Chinua Cole, Hakeem Odoffin, Ben Strevens, Adam Dugdale, Reda Johnson (Ayo Obileye, 31), Tyler Garratt, (Sam Muggleton, 62), Sam Togwell, Scott Wilson, Ben Close (James Constable, 52), Mekhi Leacock-McLeod. Subs (not used): Ross Stearn, Tom Bearwish.
Eastleigh boss Allen: "We owe the paying public a performance"MARTIN Allen is confident Eastleigh can rectify their "very poor" home form over the next eight days. It's a shocking statistic for a club that started the season with National League title aspirations that they haven't managed a win on Silverlake soil since beating Torquay United 3-0 on October 25.
Sam Togwell shares his thoughts after Eastleigh's 1-1 draw away at Guiseley:
"I think you can’t deny that the performance was ten times better than our last outing. We got on the ball more, we ran more, we were more dynamic. It was a pleasure to play in.
"It’s a shame that with 20 seconds to go we couldn’t see the game out.
"The new players have done well. They’ve had a hard two weeks training with us, it’s been a hard graft. It’s been tough but they’ve come in and they’ve worked their socks off and they haven’t complained.
"You can see today they tried their best. Some of them haven’t played for a little bit so the longer they are here with us and playing the way the gaffer plays, the better it’s going to be.
"We’re going to prepare well [for the next game] and do what we did today – go out and play football and try to dominate possession, get on the ball. We should have scored a few more goals we had good chances. I’m sure the fans can’t deny that it wa…
Martin Allen shares his thoughts on Eastleigh's 1-1 draw away at Guiseley:
"I thought we played very well first half, we weathered what we knew was going to be a high pressure first twenty minutes.
"The new players come in and did very, very well. We got the ball down and played, and we were much better to watch. We had much more energy, which is what I was after.
"It was very, very disappointing to lose that goal at the end. They had one chance in the second half I think, and maybe two in the first half.
"We had two chances just after half time, great efforts on goal especially the one by Willo (Scott Wilson) [which would have] put us out of reach at 2-0.
"They piled everybody forward, we put on another centre half to help us defend those long balls and free kicks and corners but a knock down fell and they’ve smashed it in.
"It’s a big set back, a big disappointment. This isn’t an easy place to come and play here. I thought the players gave a goo…
Reda Johnson is on his way back from injury and should be back out on the pitch again very soon.
The commanding centre-half said: “I’m feeling a lot better so I’m happy. I’ve worked hard to come back from my injury with Cooky (physio Andy Cook) so I have to thank him for that and I’m very pleased.”
Reda says that Eastleigh can expect a tough game at the weekend when the Spitfires take on Guiseley and he is looking forward to seeing what the new young lads can bring to the team.
“It should be a hard game. We’ve got a lot of new players so we’re trying to bring something new and hopefully we’ll do well because we’ve got the players, we’ve got very young, talented players here and hopefully everything will go very well.”
Johnson has recently taken on a new role as an ambassador to the Pan Disabiliity team here at Eastleigh and he can’t wait to get started.
“I’m really looking to meeting them because it’s something I really like. I worked in the past when I was in Sheffield with people wi…
Michael Green has posted a message to Eastleigh fans after the popular and long-serving defender left the Spitfires after five and a half years with the club.
Here is Greener's statement in full:
"Massive thank you to everyone at Eastleigh FC for their support over the last five and a half years.
"It’s been an amazing journey with many highs from the FA Cup adventure to winning the Conference South.
"I leave with a heavy heart but that’s how it goes sometimes.
"I want to thank Stewart Donald for all his support and everyone that runs the club on a daily basis.
"But most importantly, thank you to the fans. Your support has been phenomenal over the years. It’s meant a lot, and it’s been a pleasure to pull on the blue and white over 250 times and to play for you.
"I wish you all the best for the future and hope the club continues to grow as it has in my time there.
"Time now for the next adventure … Thank you again and good luck" ⚽️ Greener
Long-serving defender Michael Green has left Eastleigh FC.
Green was an excellent servant to the club and was always a fans favourite for the Spitfires supporters.
A club statement confirmed that Green "has left the club with immediate effect."
As Green departed, Eastleigh were quick to "place on record their thanks for the excellent service Michael has given Eastleigh Football Club," also mentioning "some memorable performances for the club in the Conference South winning season and since."
Eastleigh set to let young players bloom after some heavy-duty winter pruningEASTLEIGH are ready to field their youngest side of the season at Guiseley on Saturday after some heavy-duty winter pruning by manager Martin Allen. Allen, a keen gardener, has some budding young talent at his disposal for the National League trip to Nethermoor and will breathe some "fresh air" into his 14th-placed team after a dismal home defeat to Woking a fortnight ago.
Martin Allen discusses a wide-range of topics and things that have been going on behind the scenes at Eastleigh Football Club. The Spitfires boss addresses the fans and offers insight in to many changes that are happening on and off the pitch. Transcript provided by Jamie Montigue ------
Martin Allen talks about what has been going on at the club since his arrival. He discusses several different aspects of the club such as the community work, next season and changes going on behind the scenes.
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Bondz N'Gala: Gillingham move falls through because of Fifa rulesDefender Bondz N'Gala's move to Gillingham has fallen through because Fifa regulations say he has played for too many clubs this season. The 27-year-old defender thought he had joined League One Gills on Thursday after leaving Eastleigh. Rules state a player cannot feature for more than two sides in one season and N'Gala played for Barnet before joining National League Eastleigh in November. The #deadlineday deal which fell through...