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McAllister rejects Scotland post

Gary McAllister
McAllister was one of three men approached by George Burley

Former Scotland captain Gary McAllister has rejected an offer from George Burley, who has now turned to another candidate to be one of his assistants.

McAllister was one of three former players contacted by Burley to replace Steven Pressley, who left following a disappointing World Cup campaign.

But it appears that McAllister preferred to seek a full-time post in English club football.

Burley is seeking a new number three, with Terry Butcher still assistant.

Scottish FA chief executive Gordon Smith revealed earlier this week that talks had started between Burley and former Leeds United and Liverpool player McAllister.

McAllister has management experience from brief spells in charge at Coventry City and Leeds.

The 44-year-old also has some experience of coaching Scotland, having helped out manager Walter Smith in 2006.

And he had been the early favourite to take the Scotland manager's job when Burley's predecessor, Alex McLeish, left but ruled himself out of the running in favour of a return to club football.

However, his time at Leeds was not a success and he lost his job in December 2008, just 11 months after his appointment.

McAllister, capped 57 times, captained Scotland at the 1996 European Championship, famously missing a penalty against England at Wembley.

His international career ended on a sour note, with fans booing him during the defeat by the Czech Republic at Celtic Park in March 1999.

Pressley stood down to concentrate on his assistant's role at Falkirk and Burley wanted McAllister in place before next month's friendly trip to Japan.



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see also
Scots offer McAllister coach post
21 Sep 09 |  Internationals
Burley had no concerns over sack
16 Sep 09 |  Internationals
Pressley exits post with Scotland
16 Sep 09 |  Internationals
Leeds dismiss manager McAllister
21 Dec 08 |  Leeds
McAllister rules out Scotland job
28 Nov 07 |  Football
Soccer star's wife dies of cancer
03 Mar 06 |  Coventry/Warwickshire
McAllister leaves Coventry
12 Jan 04 |  Coventry
McAllister says no to Scots return
13 Jun 01 |  World Cup 2002


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