Man of many talents Allen plugs the Pompey gaps

Steve Allen, left, was influential in bringing the likes of Therry Racon, centre, and Yassin Moutaouakil to Fratton Park Picture: Joe Pepler
Steve Allen, left, was influential in bringing the likes of Therry Racon, centre, and Yassin Moutaouakil to Fratton Park Picture: Joe Pepler
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Multi-tasking has become a priceless commodity among Pompey’s sparse backroom staff in both the first-team and the Academy.

But flexible friend Steve Allen has taken job juggling to a whole different level.

The physio arrived at Fratton Park in August 2010 – recruited by Steve Cotterill just three months after Premier League relegation.

Since then he has lost half his medical staff, had his salary cut twice and been part of two administrations.

Yet still Allen remains. What’s more, as a man of many talents, he has had an ever-increasing influence on matters away from the treatment room.

From physiotherapist to health and fitness coach to football scout, the 46-year-old has been busy working behind the scenes this season.

It was past acquaintances with David Connolly, Therry Racon, Yassin Moutaouakil, Patrick Agyemang and Sam Sodje which brought them to Fratton.

Last season, he was instrumental in recruiting Jed Wallace from Lewes.

And Allen believes the new-look Pompey set-up led by Guy Whittingham possesses rich promise for the future.

He said: ‘First and foremost, my job is to keep players on the pitch – 100 per cent that is what it is – but if I can help in any other way I will.

‘I do the hotels, sort out food for the players when we go away, so there are lots of other bits and pieces.

‘I am a chartered physiotherapist, I have a sports science degree and I’m an ex-professional player with a Uefa A coaching licence so have quite an extensive range of qualifications.

‘When Chris Neville left I was doing the sports science and the warm-ups as well but Louis Langdon has come in since.

‘I love football, understand the players in the lower leagues and have a vast network of players in the game so I’m saying to Guy and Andy “what do you think about this, what do you think about that?”

‘We have got a list ready (for next season) of 75 potential players we are looking at with Guy. The important thing is I can help.

‘It will be Guy’s decision who he wants to keep going forward for next year assuming he gets the job – and he should do.

‘But I would like to think the fans have now seen players give their all and want to play for the club. Players we can actually be proud of to take the club forwards if they sign.

‘My role has developed into more than just a physiotherapist one – but we all have to do our bit.’

Allen met Agyemang and Connolly while at Wimbledon, and encountered Racon, Sodje and Moutaouakil at Charlton – the club he joined Pompey from.

And he’s convinced the quintet he brought to Fratton Park are keen to be part of Pompey’s future plans.

He added: ‘I think all of them would want to stay because I’ve spoken to them. Every single one of them.

‘It would be a decision for the player, Guy, the chief executive and the owners to deal with going forwards.

‘We have sat and spoken about it as staff and players and I think the majority Guy would like to keep.

‘And there is hope there. The performances have been good.’