Former Rangers director of football Mark Allen has been appointed as sporting director at Swansea City.
Allen joined the Gers in 2017 and spent two years at Ibrox before opting to move on for ‘family reasons and in order to explore other options’ [BBC Sport].
During his time at the club, the Light Blues signed 34 players.
Allen was responsible for bringing flops like Umar Sadiq and Eros Grezda to Glasgow, but key men like Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield and Connor Goldson were also signed during his tenure.
Another player he brought to Rangers on loan was Russell Martin and he’ll now work alongside him at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea recently appointed Martin as their new manager and now Allen has been promoted to the role of sporting director following a stint as the club’s academy director.
“I’m delighted to be taking on this role,” said Allen [Swanseacity.com]. “It’s a fantastic opportunity.”
“There are great people already in place at the football club and I’m really looking forward to working closely with Russell, his staff, as well as Andy and the wider football operations team.
“I feel that myself and Russell have a very good understanding of what we both want and that is a great combination. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve already spent at the club and I have no doubt that we can be successful going forward.”
Swansea are targeting promotion to the Premier League after losing the Championship playoff final to Brentford last season.
Allen’s sudden Ibrox departure in 2019 was regarded as a blow by Rangers but Ross Wilson has since taken things up a notch in terms of recruitment.
Last summer, the Gers got their transfer dealings just right and that was a major contributing factor to 55.
New arrival Fashion Sakala is now also showing promise, but some criticism may be levelled at Wilson for his decision-making if John Lundstram’s form doesn’t improve soon.
Rangers fans would be delighted if he secured a move for a 21-year-old who was outstanding in a Europa League qualifier last week.