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McAllister Gets It In The Neck

Double award winner Gary McAllister could have played his last game for Coventry City.

The club captain is confined to bed with a neck injury and is doubtful for Sunday's final match of the season at Watford.

It prevented him attending the club's first annual awards dinner last night at which he was due to collect the player of the year award and could destroy his aim to be ever-present in the Coventry side this season.

It could mean that Saturday's match against Sheffield Wednesday, in which he scored two goals to become the top scorer in the club, was his last.

He is out of contract next month and speculation is strong that Liverpool is keen to sign him.

Gerard Houllier, Liverpool's manager, is said to be a McAllister fan and has monitored his progress closely throughout the season.

Coventry has made a new contract offer to the Scot, who is now 35, and he is thinking it over.  He says he will make his decision in the two weeks after the season's end.

He said recently that Coventry were favourites to sign him because he knew the club and the players and was comfortable in the environment.

But if Liverpool offers him megabucks he could be temped by one last big payday before hanging up his boots.

His award as player of the year, voted by the fans, was collected on his behalf by Steve Ogrizovic at last night's awards dinner at the Hotel Metropole.

McAllister's second award for leading scorer in the club was collected for him by Robbie Keane, who lies second in the scoring stakes and needs two goals at Watford to overtake his captain.

The players' player of the year, voted by the club's own players, went to the Moroccan midfielder Youssef Chippo and he also won the goal of the year award.

The most improved player of the year was John Eustace.

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Former Sky Blues favourite Phil Babb could be on his way back to Highfield Road at the end of the season.

The out-of-favour Liverpool defender will be out of contract and available on a free transfer.

The centre-back left Coventry six years ago, and manager Gordon Strachan has been alerted to the fact that the Republic of Ireland international is available.

Babb  has been out of Liverpool boss Gérard Houllier's plans all season. The only games he has played have been for Tranmere Rovers during a loan spell.

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 10 May 00

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