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McAllister Hoping For More Success With Johnson

Jamie McAllister eyes continued success with Hibernian FC as he returns to Scotland for the first time in 16 years.

After his previous spell in the Scottish Capital, the 44-year-old moved south of the border to continue his playing career and take his first step into coaching.

It was as a Coach, and then Assistant Coach, where his relationship with Lee Johnson flourished. Now working together for the third time, the pair had continued progression at both Bristol City and Sunderland.

Having that close relationship is key to their success as he told “It’s just understanding how the manager works and what he needs from you at different times.

“I know the gaffer’s personality inside out and he knows mine inside out. He knows how to push my buttons, and the same the other way.

“We know we’re in it for the right reasons, so what we say and what we do is to be successful and to help each other improve.

“It’s hard to get that trust and those same ideas on the game. He was a midfielder, and I was a defender, so we’ve got views on that balance between attacking and defending - which are the two sides of the game - that we share.

“It’s down to trust and competency as well, you’ve got to be good at what you do. Hopefully the gaffer trusts me, and I trust him.

“We’ve been successful together. In the last couple of jobs we’ve had together, we’ve been successful and we want to bring that up to Hibs and try to get the club to where it should be.”

Born in Glasgow, McAllister has moved back to his homeland and is really excited about the project sold to him by Ron Gordon and Ben Kensell.

Alongside Johnson, Adam Owen, and David Gray, the 44-year-old is working hard to get the players prepared for the new campaign.

“I’ve been away from Scotland for the last 16 years and been out of a job for the last four months, so it’s been nice to get back onto the grass.

“The 16 years have flown by, but I’ve always kept track of Scottish football. I’ve always watched the Premiership and Scottish football, and I’ve got friends who are in the game up here as well.

“Here at Hibs there’s a really good group of players. I don’t think we’re far off where we need to be to go again.”

As a player, McAllister was someone who always gave 100% to help the team, a trait he’s brought into his coaching career.

“I class myself as a ‘winner’ and I want to be successful at whatever club I’m with. I’ll do whatever it takes to get there, to win and be successful.

“That’s what I’ll do here at Hibs. I’m grateful for the opportunity and really excited about the project and working with the lads and being back in Scottish football.”