Was Mark Allen really not up to the job ? Swansea City sporting director sacked !
Sunday, 24th Apr 2022 10:00 by Keith Haynes
If it was a surprise when Andy Scott left Swansea City earlier this year then the sacking of Mark Allen on Friday evening was even more of a shock. Both Scott and Allen worked together closely on a variety of decisions that have seemingly worked well for the swans.
Scott’s departure wasn’t expected of course but a revamp of the clubs priorities, and that would include financially meant he left and now finds himself at Nottingham Forest planning for Steve Cooper’s future. Mark Allen on the other hand seemed to be the crucial link between Russell Martin’s aspirations for his own future and was already in discussions for numerous players signatures. He spoke about it, he referenced his work and felt he was obviously in total control of the immediate future.
Saturdays news of his departure really does prompt questions as to why this has happened. Rumours, and they are just that from within the club indicate CEO Julian Winter was unhappy with Allen’s performance over recent times. If that’s the case Allen gave no indications of that at the recent fans forum in Port Talbot, in fact he was so comfortable yesterdays announcement seems extremely strange.
We are certain that Julian Winter will announce in the coming days that this is the best time of the season to remove Allen and then focus on his replacement ( should there be one ) He may be right, with summer planning already underway Winter obviously has a handle on all the business discussed to date. For any decision made in business there will be an outcome, not always desired by all, but there will be an outcome.
Once again Swansea City fans have to put their faith in to the planning of Julian Winter who has been the catalyst for bringing in his back room staff - and for relieving them of their duties as well. There has to be a satisfactory explanation, and concrete proof that any future appointment, and that has to be quickly, is best for Swansea City and for the clubs immediate future.
It won’t affect the last three games of Swansea City’s season for sure, but it will affect next season if the club don’t get this latest development spot on.
We are watching with interest.
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