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Ex-Bolton boss Lee was McAllister's first choice

Leeds boss Gary McAllister has revealed former Bolton manager Sammy Lee was his first choice to become his assistant at Elland Road.

But Lee is currently in a compensation wrangle with the Premier League club and McAllister has turned to Steve Staunton, appointed on Monday, instead.

McAllister said: "I did look to bring Sammy Lee in, but he's still negotiating with Bolton over his contract and that made the situation difficult.

"I told Sammy that I needed to get someone in straight away and he understood where I was coming from.

"It was fortunate for me that Steve was available and willing to take the job.

"Steve knows that I was going after Sammy initially, and it's not a case of him being second choice. Steve's an experienced guy in his own right and he fits the bill."

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