'Exploring other options'
Rangers ‘disappointed’ as Allen quits as director of football
Leaving: Mark Allen (pic: SNS Group)
Mark Allen is to leave his post as Rangers’ director of football after two years in the job.
The Englishman has told the Ibrox club he has decided to quit due to a combination of family reasons and wanting to explore other options.
Allen, the former head of the Manchester City academy, was responsible for bringing Steven Gerrard to the club, while overseeing the Gers’ transfer policy.
He told the club website: “It has been a privilege to work for Rangers, one of the biggest clubs in football with such a phenomenal fan base, and I’ve loved every minute.
“Bringing Steven Gerrard to the club will always be a special point in my career and I would like to thank him, his excellent staff, the players and all the staff at Rangers for their support throughout my tenure.
“My greatest wish is for Rangers to start winning trophies again and I wish them all the very best for the future.”
Admitting his disappointment at the news, managing director Stewart Robertson said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Mark for his work in recent seasons.
“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.”
Boss Steven Gerrard echoed those sentiments, adding: “I would like to place on record my sincere gratitude to Mark for the incredible support he has shown to me and all of my staff since I came to the club 16 months ago.
“Mark’s success here is evident for all to see and we would all like to wish him well moving forward.”