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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!

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 3 2010

Time: 9:03AM

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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.
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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 !
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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03/09/2010 10:36:00

They say Donadoni wants the job ! another joke :(
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03/09/2010 10:40:00

I'm with both P.Avfc and Revua. I really can't be assed writing an essay. UTV!
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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.
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03/09/2010 12:32:00

Donadoni now linked!?
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03/09/2010 12:59:00

Villain of the North: Quotes from MoN state that he always had a one year contract whereever he went - by his own request - even Celtic. Anyone else we recruit would have a standard 3 year contract if you ask me.
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03/09/2010 13:06:00

koolbill ermm keep up with the world of football mate, Laurent Blanc is not the French National Manager! He left bordeux after the world cup.
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03/09/2010 13:53:00

houillier fits the bill for the club. proven prem league experience, understanding of the youth system after helping set up clairefontaine and most importantly, compensation free! wouldnt b a bad appoitnment imo but as manager not that DoF bollox. just hope we dont go down the all french playing staff route though. then again who gives a **** if we start winning things!
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03/09/2010 14:06:00

P.Avfc: whoops, has he, i was halfway through the post when i started doubting his wheareabouts but as always, in the face of doubt i plough on regardless and blindly ;-) ...anyhow with the French he's on a hiding to nothing.
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03/09/2010 14:11:00

Why is Maradona not an option on the latest poll?
Villain of the North
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03/09/2010 14:20:00

Whenever Director's of Football are mentioned, Dennis Wise immediately comes to mind - enough said? Mr Houllier was a good solid manager and motivator, but would you honestly place him in the top three Liverpool managers? Echoing some sentiments in this thread regarding KM. Honest, hardworking, but not Premier League material. As for Steve Staunton on managing capability, please, forget it!! Our side has the foundation to be a good side, let's go with some really innovative coach, the like of David Moyes - if only the rumours of a couple of days ago could be true.
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03/09/2010 14:35:00

Where is Phil Brown in the list? He has definately been interviewed.....
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03/09/2010 14:45:00

Because maradona shouldnt even be considered villain of the north, Its villan btw. And KSarge if you want a man who will bring some old washed up talent such as Ashbee and boeteng to the club then i wouldnt talk of phil brown..Would be a disaster for anyone like that at the club, The best thing for us at the moment is probably Houllier's' experience involved in some way...Macdonalds coaching and connection with our players and a new fresh faced manager with new ideas, Donadoni has revealed interest and he is probably a good option, But he doesnt fit the "premier league experience" catergory.
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03/09/2010 15:07:00

perhaps if England lose tonight , Capello might be favourite tomorrow!
Randy bollox
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03/09/2010 16:07:00

I'm bored.
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03/09/2010 16:39:00

I'm bored.
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03/09/2010 16:39:00

I'm bored too, doesn't matter what we think, the board will go for the cheapest option.
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03/09/2010 17:06:00

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03/09/2010 17:49:00

don,t care who they get as long as its. not old Macdonalds god how bad would that be. but he would come cheap so and he seems to have a lot of lover on this site. mind you thats villa al over always aiming for the bottom not the top .
one match ban
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03/09/2010 17:57:00

p.avfc. I think your opinion on Phil Brown is a little short sighted. Phil Brown had no or little money and performed wonders to get Hull into the Premier League and keeping them in the division for 1 season. In my opinion he played some good football, maybe not the solution to Villa but a very good manager and certainly his appointment would be no disaster. We are in trouble if KMac takes over the role though IMO.
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03/09/2010 18:42:00

KSarge1 - only problem i'd have with that is never trust any manager who humiliates his players by making them sit in the centre circle for the half time team talk!
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03/09/2010 18:56:00

That half time team talk was the biggest gaff since Deliah Smiths 12th man..."WHERE ARE YOU?!?!?!?!?"
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03/09/2010 19:36:00

Humiliation? Bring them back down to earth....its good man management just a backfired a little and lacked professionalism ;-)
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03/09/2010 22:46:00

I think gerard Houlier's football knowlege, transfer contacts and overall experiance of wining trophies would be a good thing, only thing that worrys me is this tech director of football thing, ok so chelsea liverpool have em so maybe not that bad, but i remember all the shananigans at the barcodes with dennis wise, also spurs with frank arnason interfering, but i believe houlier would be good for us helping out Big Mac who we know the players respond to with houllier guiding him and helping him bring in foreign talant. Big Mac i deserves a crack at the big time and with a little guidance from upstairs and ability to attract players, im for it
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04/09/2010 00:47:00

p.s. I just hope randy backs the new boss with money soon come january, we could do with a few players to freshen us up and add to our very small and in experianced squad
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04/09/2010 00:50:00

I agree those names are better than Phil Brown and with a bigger pull for maybe a big signing or two in the future, especially Sven. Sven would be my choice (If Moyes eventually gets ruled out) of manager but only if he has a few quid to spend.
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04/09/2010 17:52:00


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