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Gary McAllister Is Not The Cause Of Dressing Room Problems Says Aston Villa Manager

Villa Park boss supports his number two despte rumours about Glenn Roeder joining the backroom staff.

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has rejected claims his assistant Gary McAllister is the cause of dressing room unrest at the club.

The Frenchman invited McAllister to be his number two when he became manager in September.

But the two Liverpool idols have not enjoyed a successful first season in charge at Villa Park and currently lie two points off the relegation zone.

Rumours have circulated all campaign about dressing room mutiny with McAllister seemingly at the root of the problem.

He is reported to have had a number of altercations with Richard Dunne, while Stephen Ireland has been outspoken on his discontent with the current regime.

But Houllier has dismissed the rumours and given his support to his assistant coach.

“It’s stupid nonsense, I think it’s totally nonsense and I know it’s totally untrue. It doesn’t have any effect on me,” Houllier told the Birmingham Mail.

There are also reports emerging of Glenn Roeder being asked to join the Villa backroom staff.

The former West Ham and Newcastle United manager has been asked to join the coaching team to use his experience in dealing with relegation battles.

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