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Gary McAllister

McAllister during Jamie Carragher Testimonial (2010)
Personal information
Full nameGary McAllister
Date of birth25 December 1964(age 51)
Place of birthMotherwell, Scotland
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionMidfielder, Winger

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Gary McAllister MBE (born 25 December 1964 in Newarthill, Motherwell) is a Scottish former professional footballer.

McAllister played primarily as a midfielder, though he could also play on either wing, 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, and he later had spells at Coventry City intersected by a brief, yet triumphant, stint at Liverpool.

McAllister also represented his national side for nine years, winning 57 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.As his playing career drew to a close he decided to enter the managerial side of the game. He did this first during his second stay at Coventry when he was appointed manager in April 2002. He resigned a month later and didn't enter management again until he returned to Elland Road in January 2008 to replace Dennis Wise.

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