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[23 MAY 00] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Williams Signs As McAllister Ponders Move

Paul Williams finally made up his mind yesterday and put pen to paper on a new three year deal at Coventry City.

The 29-year-old centre-back had kept the football club on a string for months as he debated whether to stay or move on when his contract expired next month.

The rumour mill said that Wolverhampton Wanderers were keen to move in to sign him, but that was ruled out when their board of directors instructed manager Colin Lee that there was no money available for any new players - even those on free transfers.

Williams had agreed to re-sign for Coventry, but then asked for more time to consider his position. He then went public with a grievance that he did not feel wanted at the club.

He said he felt he was always the player to be dropped when a new signing arrived.

It came as a surprise therefore when he did an about turn and re-signed and it would seem he has a few bridges to build when the players return from their summer break.

Meanwhile Coventry's skipper Gary McAllister is reportedly close to signing for Liverpool at the end of his contract next month.

Sources close to the Anfield club say he has been tempted by a one-year playing contract with the assurance of a coaching position at the club at the end of it.

Coventry's attentions however appear to be concentrating on Central America and on Honduras in particular.

They are being firmly linked with the Honduran internationals Ivan Guerrero and Jairo Martinez.

Guerrero is a midfielder or full back, while Martinez is a striker.

Their agent is Marcelo Houseman who says he is 100 per cent certain Martinez will sign for Coventry, while the decision is left with Guerrero whether he wants to join the English club.
    

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