Today's Gary McAllister Talking Points
Gary McAllister MBE (born 25 December 1964) is a retired Scottish professional football player.
McAllister played primarily as a midfielder, in a successful career spanning over nineteen years. He started his career at local side Motherwell before moving south of the border to Leicester City at the age of 20. He then went on to play for Leeds United, where he won the English league championship in 1991–92. McAllister later had spells at Coventry City intersected by a brief, yet successful, stint at Liverpool.
McAllister also represented his national side for nine years, winning 59 caps and scoring five goals. His leadership qualities were noticed, and he spent four successful years as Scotland captain in addition to two seasons as Leeds United captain. He was awarded an MBE in the 2001 New Year Honours in recognition of his contribution to football and was inducted to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
As his playing career drew to a close he decided to enter the managerial side of the game. During his second stay at Coventry, he was appointed manager in April 2002. He resigned from this position in January 2004 and did not enter management again until he returned to Elland Road in January 2008, to replace Dennis Wise. McAllister guided Leeds to the promotion playoffs, but was sacked in December 2008. In April 2011, McAllister became the caretaker manager at Premier League club Aston Villa, due to the ill health of manager Gérard Houllier.Close