Hire Gary McAllister
A former footballer who had significant success with Liverpool, Leicester City, Leeds United and Coventry City as well as international level with Scotland, Gary McAllister was a leader on the pitch and off it. Today, he serves as the Assistant Manager at Rangers. A talented midfield player, whose ability as much as his mental toughness allowed him to progress to the pinnacle of the game. Helping both his national team and domestic sides to retain their league status and perform at the highest level.
Gary McAllister was awarded an MBE in 2001 for his contribution to football. He was also inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame. Since leaving the game, Gary has been widely sought after on the after dinner speaking circuit, where stories of his involvement in Leeds United’s title-winning team, Liverpool’s treble winners, Scotland’s pursuit of major tournament qualification and Coventry’s relegation scraps, are well-received.
Gary McAllister: The Enforcer
Born in 1964, Gary is a Scottish former professional footballer. During his long and successful career he played mainly as a midfielder. Nicknamed ‘The Enforcer’, he began his career with Scottish side Motherwell, but went on to play for a number of English clubs including Leicester City, Leeds United, Coventry City and Liverpool.
Gary signed for Leicester City in August 1985. His skilful passing in the midfield and confidence soon earned him praise from the manager and fans alike. He adapted well to First Division football, but unfortunately the side was unable to stave off relegation. However, over the following three seasons Gary came to be recognised as one of the best players in the Second Division. In fact, he was named in the Second Division PFA Team of the Year in both 1988-89 and 1989-90. As a result he was frequently the subject of speculation with regards to the transfer market.
Filling Vinnie’s Boots
In 1990 Gary moved to Leeds where he replaced Vinnie Jones who had left for Sheffield United. During his first season with the side Gary experienced a successful period when Leeds reached the semi finals of the League Cup. He formed a strong midfield quartet with fellow Scot Gordon Strachan, and David Batty and Gary Speed. This midfield were instrumental in the success of the 1991 – 92 season, in which Leeds United were crowned League Champions.
Gary left Leeds for midlands side Coventry City in 1996 for a fee of three million pounds. This was considered to be a large sum for a player of his age. He remained with the club for four seasons and played initially under Ron Atkinson and then former Leeds teammate Gordon Strachan. He spent four years with the club before making a surprise move to Liverpool.
Gary McAllister: Man of the Match
He played an important role in the team that won a treble of cups in the 2000 – 2001 season. He continued to demonstrate a great deal of skill particularly with set pieces. In the 2001 UEFA Cup Final, Gary received the honour of being voted man of the match after he was directly involved in four of Liverpool’s five goals.
Gary left Liverpool at the end of the 2001-02 season to re-join Coventry City as player-manager. He is considered to be one of Liverpool’s most successful players and reached number thirty two in the ‘100 Players Who Shook The Kop’ list in 2006.