Henry Newman, one half of Barnet's interim head coach duo, has left The Hive as chairman Tony Kleanthous prepares to name Martin Allen's permanent successor.

An appointment is expected to be named ahead of this weekend's home game with Portsmouth, although it is unclear whether this will be Rossi Eames, who has led the Bees alongside Newman since November, or an external candidate.

Newman and fellow joint boss Eames were in charge of first-team affairs at the club since Allen announced his shock resignation to join National League Eastleigh on November 30.

He was in the dugout as Barnet were downed 2-1 by Colchester on Saturday, without Eames – but bizarrely, the latter was then in sole charge as they won 1-0 at Morecambe last night.

Newman, aged 27, joined Barnet in 2009 as an assistant coach with the club's Under-18 side, and after spells at Charlton and Brentford, returned to north London and became the country's youngest academy manager.

He had been expected to stay at The Hive in some capacity, irregardless of Kleanthous' choice of head coach, a belief he himself confirmed to the Barnet Times in an interview just three weeks ago.