McAllister hopeful over Young

McAllister admits it has been “a pretty frustrating season” despite
Villa finishing ninth in the Premier League after back-to-back wins
over Arsenal and Liverpool. Young, who has 12 months remaining of
his current contract, has been linked with moves to Manchester
United or Liverpool, but caretaker boss McAllister is refusing to
give up hope. He said: “I can fully understand people being
interested in Ashley and there is the lure of the Champions League.
“It is a wonderful tournament to play in. “But we are going to try
and convince him to stay here and maybe one or two signings might
make him change his mind. “You live in hope.” McAllister expects
manager Gerard Houllier, who is likely to return to Villa Park
following his heart problems, to stamp his mark on the club via the
type of players he brings in. He said: “There are no two managers
that think the same way and Gerard is no different. “He wants to
get players who will believe in his ethos, the way he likes to run
things and players will have to go. “But equally the players we
bring in have got to be better than the ones we’ve got. That is the
big job.” One of Houllier’s priorities could be a goalkeeper if
Brad Friedel opts to return to Liverpool on a two-year deal.