Date: 11th July 2015 at 1:25pm
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Gary McAllister has agreed to fill Liverpool’s vacant first team coaching role following productive talks in midweek…

Liverpool FC have today confirmed the appointment of former midfielder Gary McAllister as their new first team coach.

The 50-year-old held discussions over the role on Wednesday and succeeds the recently departed Mike Marsh, whose contract expired last month.

Speaking to the official website, McAllister commented: “I’m delighted. I’m really excited about the prospect of coming back. It’s fantastic and I’m really looking forward to it…

“I’m looking forward to working with the players. There have been some exciting signings and there are some fantastic players already at the club.

“There’s definite quality there and I’m just looking forward to getting in amongst it.”

The former Scotland international made 87 appearances for the Reds between 2000-02, winning the FA Cup, UEFA Cup, League Cup and Super Cup.

Since retiring in 2004, McAllister has had spells in management with Coventry City and Leeds United, and a period as Gerard Houllier‘s right-hand man at Aston Villa.

McAllister completes Brendan Rodgers‘ new-look backroom team alongside assistant manager Sean O’Driscoll and first team development coach Pepijn Lijnders.

Of his latest appointment, Rodgers said: “Gary has a special connection with this club and its supporters, and I’m delighted he is joining our team as first-team coach.

“When I met him I was struck by his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge for what we’re looking to achieve here.

“He has experience coaching at the highest level and is someone who can connect with players and help them learn from his knowledge and understanding of representing this great club.”

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