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Aston Villa secure Gary McAllister as assistant manager

Gary McAllister
McAllister was in the stands to see Villa draw with Bolton on Saturday

Gary McAllister has secured the position of assistant manager to Gerard Houllier at Aston Villa.

The Premier League club confirmed the appointment on Saturday shortly before their home match against Bolton, with McAllister watching on from the stands.

The former Coventry and Leeds boss, 45, moves to Villa Park having been first-team coach at Middlesbrough since May.

The former Scotland international was described by Houllier as "my most inspirational signing" at Liverpool.

McAllister was instrumental during his time at Anfield in helping the club achieve the treble of the Uefa Cup, FA Cup and League Cup in 2001.

The Scot's appointment at Villa Park represents his first top-flight management role since the death of his wife, Denise, from breast cancer in 2006.

His main coaching stint came at Leeds, who he was in charge of for 11 months in 2008, but was eventually sacked for a run of poor results, including an FA Cup defeat to part-time side Histon.

McAllister, who briefly returned to playing action in Jamie Carragher's testimonial at Anfield earlier this month, joins from Middlesbrough where he was Assistant Manager to fellow Scotland teammate Gordon Strachan.

He is joined in Villa's backroom team by Gordon Cowans.


The new Villa manager Houllier turned to the experienced Scot after being turned down by other former Liverpool stars Phil Thompson and Dietmar Hamann, as well as current Villa caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald.

Houllier was named the new Villa manager on Friday but his commitments as technical director with the French Football Federation mean he is unlikely to take charge of a Premier League game until 26 September when neighbours Wolves visit Villa Park.

After the 1-1 draw with Bolton, MacDonald revealed that Houllier had not interfered with team selection - despite being present at Villa Park to see his new team in action.

"Gerard had no input at all before the game," he said.

"He told me to prepare the team and pick the team. It's just unfortunate we couldn't go on to get the win.

"It's been an interesting six or seven weeks but I'll go away and think about what I'm doing next.

"As it stands I'll be going back to the reserves - although I'm under a bit of pressure there because they won 4-1 last week!"

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