Former Rangers director of football Mark Allen has been appointed as academy director at Championship side Swansea City.

Allen spent spent eight years as Manchester City’s director of academy before moving to Ibrox, where he helped appoint Steven Gerrard.

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Allen watches the Youth Cup final at Hampden with Gerrard and Gary McAllister (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The Welshman left Rangers in 2019 to pursue other options and is back in football after more than 15 months away.

While at City, Allen had a hand in the development of the like of Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho but isn’t particularly well-regarded by Rangers fans.

With his time at the club coinciding with some of Rangers’ worst top-flight performances, it’s not surprise fans don’t rate his tenure too highly.

Swansea City chief executive Julian Winter insists the former Ibrox man was the “outstanding” candidate and even hailed his “success” at Ibrox as he welcomed him to the club.

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“We underwent an extensive process with a recruitment agency for this position, and we were delighted with the high-calibre candidates who were keen to work for our football cub,” Winter said.

“Mark was the outstanding choice. He has great experience in football and is familiar with the ethos here.

 

“He has a proven track record of working with young, talented footballers at Manchester City and preparing them for the first-team environment.

“His success at Glasgow Rangers also stood out, and his involvement there shows he is knowledgeable of the requirements and demands not just at academy level but at senior level too.

“It’s an exciting appointment, and I am really looking forward to working with him.”

Rangers had several standout performers at Pittodrie yesterday against Aberdeen, with one star receiving a 9 and two others awarded 8s in our Player Ratings.

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