Former Rangers forward Kris Boyd has criticised Mark Allen in the Scottish Sun, for some of his actions as Rangers Director of Football.
After a spell as Manchester City’s Academy Director, Allen served in the vital Ibrox role from 2017 until he resigned suddenly last month.
He’s received praise from some quarters for helping overhaul the football department, including from Steven Gerrard [Daily Record], but it seems Boyd isn’t all that convinced. He’s hoping newly appointed replacement Ross Wilson, does a better job.
Boyd brands some Allen work ‘irrelevant’
“I hope Ross goes in and does not forget who the football club are, in terms of trying to change everything behind the scenes,” Boyd told the Scottish Sun. “For me, Mark Allen probably tried to change a lot of things behind the scenes that were pretty irrelevant.”
“The only thing that fans care about are results on the pitch and it is up to Rangers as a football club to deliver now and I feel as though they have got the platform to do that this season.
“I’m sure with the networks and contacts he [Wilson] has got, he will do a very good job for the club and hopefully that is the case because, for a number of years, there has been a lot of wasted money there.”
Boyd, who is never shy of an opinion, has made it pretty clear here that he didn’t agree with some of Allen’s actions whilst in office at Rangers.
From the outside looking in, it’s often hard to tell exactly what’s going on in terms of decision-making, and the former DoF did face some criticism for failing to adequately offload some of the fringe players in the Gers squad.
Yet, plenty of supporters were satisfied by the job Allen performed and this negativity from Boyd seems a little unnecessary.
Results on the pitch clearly are the most important barometer for fans, but they weren’t Allen’s only remit. He was charged with overseeing all football operations, including the women’s team. The role is an all-encompassing one, it’s not simply about recruiting top players for the first team, as Boyd suggests.
The Gerrard factor has been the main driver of improved performances over the last year and a half, but as the former Gers striker admits, a foundation is now in place. To dismiss Allen’s contribution to building that seems an unnecessary dig.