MAY 00] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
McAllister Bids Fond Farewell
midfielder Gary McAllister waved goodbye to Highfield Road today after
completing a free transfer move to Liverpool - and left the City
faithful with a message of hope.
35-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Merseyside giants
after speaking at length with former France boss Gerard Houllier.
has told the Coventry fans that the opportunity was too good to miss
at this stage of his career but stressed that the Sky Blues have a lot
to be optimistic about.
leave Coventry with lots of feelings for the club.
in my four years there the club has not been highly successful I
felt in the last year or 18 months there was big improvements at the
standard of play and the stature of the club has gone up and I see
it as a bit of success to have kept Coventry in the Premiership and
helped them to have that opportunity.
don't take the credit for that. That is where the manager comes into
play and I think since I joined the club has made great improvements
and the fact that I have had a wee bit to do with that makes me
the former Scotland skipper believes that his departure will not
signal the end of Coventry's march toward becoming a top ten outfit.
truth of the matter is that if we had won three or four away games
last season we would have been a top ten team easily so there is not
a lot wrong.
Highfield Road Coventry are as good as anybody in the country and
capable of beating anyone."
man who moved from Leeds United to Highfield Road for £3 million in
1996 admits the calibre of players attracted to Coventry recently
surprised even him.
arrival of the two Moroccans was a great thing and a lot of credit
to Gordon and the chairman for getting them, and then of course the
big thing was landing Robbie Keane.
don't think two or three years ago a club like Coventry would have
been able to get Robbie Keane."