Saturday, September 4, 2010

Houllier silent over Villa role

Gerard Houllier
Houllier managed Liverpool for six years until 2004.

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier is keeping quiet over speculation that he could be handed a managerial role at Aston Villa.

The 63-year-old Frenchman, who spent six years in the Anfield hot-seat from 1998 to 2004, has emerged as one of the favourites to succeed Martin O'Neill.

Kevin MacDonald, who has been in caretaker charge of Villa since O'Neill left in August, has not been ruled out.

"Never and always are two words you can't use in football," Houllier said.

Villa owner Randy Lerner is seeking a manager with Premier League experience as replacement for O'Neill, whose four-year reign ended five days before the Premier League opener at home to West Ham.

Houllier led Liverpool to the FA Cup, League Cup and Uefa Cup Treble in 2001.


After leaving the Merseysiders, he managed Lyon for two years between 2005 and 2007.

Houllier is currently a technical director for the French Football Federation.

Reports on Friday suggested that the Frenchman could be set for a director-of-football-type role at Villa Park, working alongside MacDonald.

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