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Pompey fail to capture McAllister

Gary McAllister
McAllister's time at Leeds ended with a run of five defeats

Portsmouth's attempt to appoint former Leeds boss Gary McAllister as their new assistant manager has fallen through.

The 44-year-old, whose playing days at Leeds coincided with current Pompey boss Paul Hart's time in charge of the youth academy, could not agree terms.

Hart told BBC Radio Solent: "Gary won't be coming. We've failed to reach an agreement. I'm disappointed but that's the way the cookie crumbles."

McAllister turned down the role of Scotland assistant boss last week.

Bottom-of-the-table Pompey have yet to take a point this season in the Premier League.

The struggling side, recently acquired by Arab businessman Sulaiman Al Fahim, have scored only three goals in their first seven league matches.

Players such as Peter Crouch, Glen Johnson and Niko Kranjcar left over the summer, while chief executive Peter Storrie's future at the club has also been the subject of speculation.


McAllister had been expected to fill the vacancy left by Brian Kidd's rejection of a new contract at Fratton Park in August.

It would have been a return to the game for the former midfielder, who represented Motherwell, Leeds, Coventry and Liverpool as well as winning 57 caps for Scotland.

After taking charge at Elland Road in January 2008, McAllister led Leeds to the brink of promotion before losing to Doncaster in the League One play-off final.

But his second season with the club failed to reach the same heights, with Leeds lying ninth when chairman Ken Bates called an end to his tenure.

McAllister's previous managerial experience came at the end of a illustrious career on the pitch as he became player-manager with Coventry in April 2002.

He took the Sky Blues to 19th place in the Championship in his first full season in charge but was hindered by a tight budget.

Midway through the following season, he stood down to care for wife Denise, who died from cancer in March 2006.

After informal stints assisting then Scotland boss Walter Smith in October 2006, McAllister ruled himself out as a possible successor when Alex McLeish left the national job to take charge of Birmingham in November 2007.

Dennis Wise's decision to take on a controversial executive director role at Newcastle, gave him the chance to take on day-to-day duties at Leeds.

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