OXFORD United have announced Chris Allen's long stay as part of their coaching team has come to an end.

The former U's winger spent several years in the club's academy, helping to bring through the likes of Callum O'Dowda and Sam Long, before getting a first-team role under Michael Appleton.

He was part of the backroom staff when the club won promotion from League Two in the 2015/16 season.

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From there he moved to take over the under 23s, which have now been scaled down to become an under 21 side.

Niall McWilliams, United's managing director thanked Allen for his service.

He said: “He will always be welcome here.

"He is a terrific coach and has helped shape the future of so many young footballers, often acting as a bridge between the youth teams and the first team.

"We know he will approach whatever he does next with his typical integrity, openness and honesty and he leaves with all our best wishes.”

Allen added: “Lockdown for my family had to be strict and we continue to shield due to my youngest son’s cardiac condition.

"I feel extremely blessed to have experienced a positive lockdown as it gave me the opportunity to spend quality time with my wife and kids.

“The forced closure of football due to the pandemic has led me to the decision that it is now the right time for me to explore other opportunities which would allow a healthier work/family balance.

“I’m privileged to have played and coached for Oxford United and grateful for the tremendous support from the fans.

"I hope one day to return and serve Oxford United again. I wish Karl Robinson and his team every success for the future.”