Reid in running for Leicester post after Allen is sacked

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Peter Reid could make a return to football following the sacking of Martin Allen at Leicester City, though not necessarily as a manager.

The former Sunderland, Manchester City and Leeds manager, who has been out of work since leaving Coventry in January 2005, was recently interviewed for the post of director of football by Milan Mandaric, the City chairman. Mandaric yesterday fired Allen after just four matches over a " difference of opinion".

Reid is thought to have suggested he could work with Simon Grayson whose Blackpool team won at Leicester on the first day of the Championship season. But Mandaric may appoint from overseas. Neil Warn-ock, the former Sheffield United manager who was in contention before Allen was appointed, is also likely to be considered.

Allen, who brought in 14 players during the summer, including £2.1m DJ Campbell, was appointed only in late May. A club statement said: " Differences between both parties regarding the direction of the club have led to a breakdown in the relationship." Academy manager Jon Rudkin, coach Steve Beaglehole and goalkeeping coach Mike Stowell take over first-team duties temporarily.

Allen, 42, previously managed Brentford and Milton Keynes Dons, reaching, but failing to gain promotion from, the play-offs in each of the last three seasons.

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