‘Snubbed’ Allen won’t be back
CHRIS Allen has ruled out a return to Phantoms after claiming to have been snubbed by his successor.
Jon Kynaston was announced as Allen’s replacement as head coach at the English Premier League outfit last week but Allen had already made it crystal clear he still hoped to be in a Phantoms jersey next season as a player.
And most fans would have welcomed Allen back to the Peterborough Arena with open arms after an impressive season from the former NHL star saw him score more points than any other defenceman in the league and earn a place in the 2012 EPL All-star team.
But having been overlooked in Kynaston’s first raft of signings, Allen has refused to even consider any future offer to re-join the club.
He said: “I have not heard anything from the club about next season so I have told them to take me out of their plans - I will not be coming back.
“I worked with the management to ensure the core players like Tom Carlon, James Ferrara, Ondrej Lauko, Luke Ferrara and Joe Graham were secured as soon as possible and they have done that but if I am not part of that group then I am not interested.
“I kind of knew I would not be back as coach before Jon was announced but I said I wanted to play for Phantoms. But I’m a Taurus and a stubborn so-and-so and if they are not going to include me in the core then I wish them the best of luck and will move off elsewhere.”
A player of Allen’s undoubted quality will not be short of offers from the UK and abroad. But with wife Anna due to give birth to the couple’s first child in September, the 33 year-old may consider winding down his playing career at a lower level.
But whatever the future holds for Allen he clearly holds no grudge towards Phantoms.
“I have had a lot of offers to play and coach in Norway, Holland and Sweden but with a baby on the way I am not sure that I want to move to Europe again,” he added.
“I cannot see too many other clubs other than Phantoms that I would want to play for in this country so I will have to see what comes up. I may end up dropping down a level and playing for the Solihull Barons in the ENL.
“I don’t bear any ill-will to anyone at the club and I expect Jon will do a good job anyway. From what I have seen he has pretty much hand-picked the roster for the last few seasons anyway and I am sure he knows what he wants from his team.”
There is one thing that sticks in Allen’s craw, however, and that is the thought that Phantoms fans never really got to see him at his very best.
“I thought I played well last season but I think I would have had an even better season for Phantoms with just the playing side of things to worry about,” he added.
“I gave everything for the team at times as player/coach, playing almost every minute of games to cover for injuries and that caused me problems at times.
“But I am already working to get in top shape and if I end up coming back to Phantoms with another team I will look forward to seeing the likes of Sue and Rob Housden, Paul Bignell and of course the fans who were great to me and the team during my time at the club.