Rangers have announced director of football Mark Allen is leaving the club after two years at Ibrox – and Gers fans on Twitter are sad to see him go.
The Gers confirmed Allen’s departure last night in a statement on the club’s website, citing family reasons as the cause for his exit.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 13, 2019
Allen joined Rangers in 2017 from Manchester City after heading up the Premier League champions’ Academy and has helped overhaul the football department at Ibrox after years of neglect.
Managing director Stewart Robertson paid tribute to Allen, insisting the club is in a better place now than when Allen arrived from Man City.
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Mark for his work in recent seasons,” Robertson told Rangers TV.
We are disappointed to lose him but we appreciate the impact he made during his time in Scotland and he leaves Rangers in a better place than when he first arrived. Losing a man of his calibre is a blow but the practices he put in place at the club will stand us in good stead for the future. We wish Mark well in his future career.”
The director of football oversaw a busy summer at Ibrox with nine permanent signings and six leaving the club as Steven Gerrard rebuilt his side.
It will be interesting to see what happens next and whether Rangers look to immediately replace Allen or whether they take their time in looking for a long-term replacement – although it seems almost certain that someone will come in and fill the role vacated by Allen.
Fans on Twitter were quick to praise Allen’s contribution during his time at the club – with one saying he has ‘worked wonders’ at Rangers.
Here are some of the best comments from Rangers fans on Twitter:
Sad to hear Mark Allen is leaving.
— Lara 🤘 (@ginnymelons) September 14, 2019
Mark Allen suggested Steven Gerrard, but aye. He cost us🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/2oUzY4Pd6M
— Jamie🇬🇧 (@jamieRTID2) September 14, 2019
Mark Allen has worked wonders at Glasgow Rangers he leaves with the best wishes of the supporters and the directors. Mark has officially left but will forever be a man we can trust and give guidance where and when necessary. He’s left but he’s no left 🔴⚪️🔵
— SMITHY 🇬🇧🏴 (@smithycrs92) September 13, 2019
Thank you Mark Allen for getting our club back to into a position where we are able to put up a challenge again..
Regards,Every Rangers fan alive 💙 https://t.co/6z9CnBBp6g
— GraemeR🇬🇧 (@GraemeR93) September 13, 2019
If Mark Allen's only mistake was grezda then we're doing just fine
— Nelsy (@youngnucks_nel) September 13, 2019
Was totally surprised when I saw the news about Mark Allen leaving his DOF rpla at Rangers.
I hope he has a great future, whatever happens.
He has been a great asset for the club the last few years
— Iain Graham – #TerminatorDarkFate: 42 Days!! (@IainAGrahamRFC) September 13, 2019
Mark Allen should be congratulated for work done at Rangers, brought in youth set up, scouting, Gerrard and backroom staff and number of signings which have worked. Gerrard and Scoulding have own plans, move on.
— Steven Carmichael (@carmicelli) September 13, 2019