Strachan puts talks on hold

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Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan does not want speculation surrounding Gary McAllister distracting his players from tomorrow's match against Burnley.

Boro assistant boss McAllister is being linked with a similar role at Aston Villa under Gerard Houllier - who signed McAllister as a player when he was in charge at Anfield 10 years ago. Strachan acknowledged there has been interest in McAllister - but was reluctant to say more on the eve of the npower Championship match at home to Burnley.

He told Sky Sports News: "There has been contact with two clubs but what we'll do is leave it until after the (Burnley) game before we talk about it."

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