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No mutiny at Villa - McAllister

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Aston Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister insists there is no sense of "mutiny" at the club.

Defenders Richard Dunne and James Collins were recently involved in a bust-up with coaching staff at a team bonding session and other members of the squad were then reported to be unhappy with rules enforced by manager Gerard Houllier, including the banning of mobile phones in the dressing room.

But McAllister told BBC Sport: "I don't think there's any mutiny here. There's been little arguments here and there but nothing outside the realms of what happens at most clubs."

Villa's precarious position towards the foot of the Barclays Premier League may have heightened concerns over off-field issues, with the team just one point outside the relegation zone heading into the final eight games of the season.

McAllister is confident Villa can climb away from danger, saying: "I've seen some of the players talking about pride, playing for the fans, playing for the jersey - they know we're in a bit of trouble and we need to produce.

"I agree some players in other teams are a little bit more hardened. But I don't think it's going to be a problem because players' pride and quality will lift them above it."

The Scot also defended Houllier, who many Villa fans called on the board to sack after the recent home defeat to Wolves.

"Gerard Houllier is a proven manager - I'm working under somebody who's had to make big decisions, won things," said McAllister.

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