McAllister managing as stand-in

McAllister was promoted from Houllier’s assistant to caretaker boss
for Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Stoke while the Frenchman remains in
hospital recovering from chest pains. The former Scotland
midfielder has had managerial spells at Leeds and Coventry
previously and is sure he can hold the fort at Villa Park until
Houllier is fit to return. He said: “The facts are I’m a
professional man. I’m the number two and when the manager is not
here, I’ve got to go in. “I’m fortunate I’ve managed another big
city club in Leeds and another not far away from here at Coventry.
“I’ve got experience and I’ve played with a lot of these type of
players in my periods at Leeds and Liverpool so I think I know
them. “I’m trying to get better at knowing the character of the
modern-day player. “My experience is not massive. My main
experience is coming from being an ex-player. “But there’s no doubt
having worked with chairmen Ken Bates (at Leeds) and Mike McGinnity
at Coventry, that bit of experience has helped.” Darren Bent
grabbed Villa’s equaliser at the weekend after Kenwyne Jones had
put Stoke ahead. Bent has now scored seven goals in 12 appearances
following his controversial club-record £18million move from
Sunderland in January. The fee could rise to £24million
depending on how the England striker performs and McAllister would
love the club to shell out even more. “I don’t think that you can
argue that Darren has been a fantastic signing,” he said. “You look
at the prices that followed that (Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres)
in January for signings and it is starting to look very good. “If
it is an £18 million fee and rising, it means Darren is
hitting targets. “I don’t think Aston Villa will be complaining if
the transfer fee goes up a bit because he is reaching the goals
that have been set.” McAllister can detect an inner confidence in
Bent regarding his own ability. He said: “Darren does not moan if
some things go against him like disallowed goals and penalty
shouts. “That’s someone who trusts in his own ability because he
knows, if he keeps working and making the movements, he will get
another chance. “That is a big skill. He has been in and around the
Premier League a long time now and he knows his job. “Strikers
don’t get disappointed when they miss chances or don’t get the
right service. “They just keep going and know if they get the
chance, they will take it. “He also does not rant at referees. I
like that. You see some strikers throwing their arms up in the air
but he just quietly gets on with his job and does the business and
he has produced. “He has been rewarded. He is looking like maybe he
could be Fabio Capello’s main man for England.”