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New man arrives from Man City

Allen heads to Ibrox as director of football

Stewart Robertson

Stewart Robertson: delighted. (SNS Group)

Rangers’ long search for its first director of football has concluded with the appointment of Mark Allen.

The 54-year-old arrives in Glasgow with a wealth of experience having spent over seven years with Manchester City as their academy director, during which time he is credited with revolutionising the club’s youth set up.

“I loved every minute of my time with Manchester City, they are a club with fantastic people and fantastic supporters but the time was right for me to look for a fresh challenge and I am joining one of the world’s truly great football clubs,” said Allen, who will take up his post next month.

Alan has a full UEFA coaching A licence and started his career as a youth player with Swindon Town before moving to San Diego to take up a football scholarship and business and accounting degree.

He returned to the UK aged 24 and forged a successful business career, rising to managing director of MTV’s broadcast division in London during a 13-year spell with the global music corporation.

Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson said on conclusion of the four-month search: “We are delighted Mark has agreed to move to Glasgow and become our new director of football.

“He is a man of vision who has achieved great success with Manchester City’s Academy. He has excellent contacts in football but also the business world and he will be a great asset to Rangers.

“We said we would not rush into an appointment as we wanted the right candidate and we feel Mark is the best man for the job.”

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