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So Now The Press Say Houllier But No Sven!

So Now The Press Say Houllier But No Sven!

Reports seem to be suggesting that Gerard Houllier is now favourite for the Villa job.

I started a thread on Houllier the other day which I've now merged into the poll thread: Click Here which followed on from the Curbishley poll: Click Here which had 118 to 17 against his appointment.

Wiki on Houllier: Click Here He got the treble of the League Cup, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup for Liverpool, not bad but that was nearly 10 years ago!

I spoke to a Liverpool supporting friend of mine (I say friend, more care in the community if I am honest) who said:

'Good man manager, was excellent until his heart op at Pool then seemed (understandably) to loose a little passion.'

Adding, 'Fans loved him for the football he delivered up to then though. You could do worse.'

Neil Moxley at The Daily Mail says the 62-year-old is on his way back to Premier League football with us but isn't 100% sure whether as a manager in his own right or perhaps as a director of football to, as Neil says, to oversee a major overhaul of the club`s scouting and recruitment policy. That area has been sadly lacking in the view of many connected with Villa and Houllier`s work with the acclaimed French academy at Clairefontaine would doubtless prove invaluable as the club seeks to move forward.

Full report: Click Here

Do directors of football work in the UK? Would this mean Kevin MacDonald as manager or coach? The rumour I got last week was a director of football, Big Mac as manager and that he'd bring his old mate and former Republic Of Ireland boss Steve Staunton in.

The Sun say that Villa will not be appointing Sven Goran Eriksson and suggest that clears the way for either Big Mac or Houllier.

They say Eriksson had a 'secret meeting' with Villa this week ... can't be very secret if it is in The Sun can it?!

Ooooh, they have a quoted 'insider'. Do you know, sometimes I think that Doris the Tea Lady should just get on serving her custard creams and leave the talking to someone else!!!! 'The club has a shortlist and is talking to everyone on it.
No decision has been made but there will probably be an announcement in the next four or five days.'

Ok, so ... thanks for that revelation, that is 20 seconds of my life that I'll never get back!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday September 3 2010
Time: 9:03AM


Got to admit if KM was left to coaching the team with the help of Stan, and Houllier was sorting everything else, transfers, scouting etc, that is quite appealing.
03/09/2010 09:14:00
Mr Fear - does anyone proof read your work - Im guessing - unless your scooping vital England that you didnt mean Mr Houlier for the England Job !
03/09/2010 09:18:00
Not to harp on.. (but I'm gonna ;) ) .. KMac's been in charge for 5 games and we played well in 1 of them. That's poor. He was given a great chance to prove what he can do and he dropped the ball, I really don't understand this notion that we need to include him at all.
03/09/2010 09:21:00
SchoolBoyError, we played well in two of those games and feel we lost to rapid at home due to their fans. If our fans were chanting like theirs I think the outcome could have been different. Rapid definitely have the 11th and 12th man that day. And football is about results! not performances, yes its nice to play good football but most fans would take sitting fourth now with a couple of dodgy performances than sitting in the relegation with 1 point and playing good football! You also fail to realise that Macdonald was thrust in there with no warning, you can not judge until he has stamped his mark on the team and got them to play how he wants. He proved he can do this when given time with the reserves and when he had them playing the way he wanted they would not stop winning. He also inherited a team at time that they were going to be unpredictable when just losing there manager a few days before the season. It is rather foolish of anyone to expect any manager to come in on a temporary basis and expects them to win all those games and play excellent football! Just think about it! What did you expect? O'Neil could not get them lot playing great football after four years but you expect Macdonald to do it in a few weeks? We have the results so you cant say fairer than that for a temporary manager.
03/09/2010 09:36:00
revua - It's funny how everyone was so keen to give him credit for the West Ham game, but then for the next four games he supposedly hasn't been there long enough to make an impact. His impact for me has been playing Clarke against Carroll which was an absolutely ridiculous physical mismatch, and then trying to put out the same naive midfield against Everton that got overrun by Rapid only to be saved by Ireland's injury. Both decisions ridiculous. '4th place' means absolutely nothing after 3 games, we've been favourites in every game we've played so far and have won 2 out of 5, with one of those being due to Friedel/a minor miracle. I'm not saying it's been a totally completely monumentally disastrous start; but if he wanted the job he had to do something absolutely outstanding and it's been far from that.
03/09/2010 10:17:00
proof read, now there is an idea mat777! Was doing some promo for the FA for the England games whilst writing this article! lol
The Fear
03/09/2010 10:36:00
They say Donadoni wants the job ! another joke :(
03/09/2010 10:40:00
I'm with both P.Avfc and Revua. I really can't be assed writing an essay. UTV!
03/09/2010 11:52:00
BBJ, spot on, ask Stephen Ireland all about it. So bad he pretended his Granny was dead to get away from an International match. Staunton: "I'm the Boss, I'm the Gaffer, what I say goes." He had Bobby Robson as DoF, poor Bobby (RIP) had no hope. That set up was a disaster, the proposal for Villa with Houllier, K Mc and Staunton sounds eerilly familliar.
03/09/2010 12:32:00
Donadoni now linked!?
03/09/2010 12:59:00
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