Gary McAllister MBE

Gary McAllister MBE was most recently the assistant manager of Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League.

McAllister has maintained his managerial ambitions after spells in charge of Coventry City and Leeds United.

The former Leeds United, Liverpool and Scotland midfielder was appointed player-manager by Coventry in April 2002.

McAllister returned to football with Leeds United, where he had been a title-winning player, in January 2008. With Dennis Wise having moved to Newcastle, Gary accepted the challenge of helping the fallen giants win promotion from League One.

Leeds qualified for the play-offs and were narrowly beaten by Doncaster Rovers in the final. The club's financial problems continued to take their toll and McAllister was sacked midway through the following season, albeit still with his team in a challenging position.

A month later, he turned down an approach from Norwich to take charge for the rest of the campaign, preferring to wait for a longer-term opening.

McAllister, who was both elegant and explosive as a player, won 57 caps for Scotland and captained his country for four years.

The career he launched with home-town Motherwell lasted over 20 years. McAllister moved via Leicester City to Elland Road where he won a Championship medal under Howard Wilkinson. He made 294 appearances for Leeds, scoring 45 goals.

McAllister captained Leeds in the 1996 League Cup final before joining Coventry for a four-year spell as a player. He was 35 when he made a surprise move to Gerard Houllier's Liverpool in 2000.

In a late peak to his career, McAllister was an influential figure as Liverpool copped a cup treble in 2001 - the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. That year, he was awarded the MBE for services to football.

Honours (1)
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    • Coventry City:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2002-12-01)
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