Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Gerard Houllier - NOT A Done Deal For Villa

Gerard Houllier - NOT A Done Deal For Villa

Ok, so... more on the manager situation, surprise surprise. have an interview with French football correspondent Phillippe Auclair.

Full quotes with the link to the Football First show.

Basically the correspondent confirms he has spoken with supposed target Gerard Houllier who confirmed there had been contact with Villa and that Villa were interested in him as manager.

However it doesn't look a done deal at all... which is how some press are reporting it.

'It seems that it`s not a done deal there are other candidates for the job and I don`t think there will be a decision taken in the next 24 to 48 hours as we thought originally. It`s going to take a little bit longer than that so we might have to wait until Thursday or Friday before we know who is the new Aston Villa manager.'

So... more of a wait and not necessarily Houllier as the end result. I'd rather wait and get the right man whoever it is.

Worryingly Auclair also says that he wants to get away from the criticism he has been getting in France over his role in the French set up and their woeful World Cup.

On a positive note... 'He loves English football he genuinely has a passion for English football it`s the football he feels closest to. He feels that he really belongs here and this is his proper football home rather than France.' reports.... (loose google translation) that he has been contacted by Villa. They say he would be after the manager role not a director of football role.

The report also says Dutchman Ronald Koeman and also Alan Curbishley are also still in the running.

Ok, so poll time... ahem!

Kouman, Houllier or Curbishley?


Clamour For Kevin MacDonald As Manager?
Who Next - The Bookies Odds Game Begins
David Moyes Rules Himself Out Of Villa Job
Bob Bradley The Bookies Favourite As Villa Boss?
Sven Throws His Hat Into The Ring?
Is Kevin MacDonald The Right Man For The Job?
Who Do You Want As The Next Manager?
Sven NOT About To Be Appointed
The Aston Villa Manager Search Rumours!
AVFC Manager Speculation Continues !
Manager Merry Go Round - Latest MON Replacements?
Kevin MacDonald - Better Off Where He Is?
Aston Villa - Next Manager Gossip!
80% Say Yes to Kevin MacDonald
Ronald Koeman Wants In! Manager Talk
Manager Talk: Does Big Mac Want The Job At Villa?
Kevin MacDonald Still Unsure If He Wants Villa Job
Manager Potential - Bob Bradley
USA Coach Bob Bradley Wants Villa Job... Gulp
Villa Transfer Links & Manager Talk
LOL.. Manager NOT About To Be Announced + Big Mac
Koeman Wants To Lead Villa To The Holy Land
Big Mac Sure Villa Have Loads Interested In Job
Wow... Some Major Manager Links To Villa Today
Moyes, Allardyce, Hughes, McLeish All Linked!
Big Mac Poll Results
Big Mac Wants To Be Considered - Official
Are Villa In Danger Of Losing Big Mac?
Villa Rule Out Some Favourites
So Now The Press Say Houllier But No Sven!
General Krulak On Manager Search & Villa Fan Plea
Teenage Mutant Turtle Linked To Villa Job?
A Revolting Manager Selection At Villa?
Gerard Houllier - NOT A Done Deal For Villa

Some interesting threads in the forums with reference to managers:

Curbishley: Click Here
Houllier: Click Here
Jol: Click Here
PL managers with experience: Click Here

(All contain strong views/adult language)

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday September 5 2010
Time: 8:34PM


Id rather Houllier than Koeman, I think its just because he is a bigger name than houllier....He has no premiership experience and has had a decent career abroad but nothing special, look at ruande ramos. Houllier has the experience and won a fair amount...Both not even my first choice, Jol would still be my favourite and if not him KMac and appoint him until someone better is available unless he does a good job.
05/09/2010 20:52:00
I'm with you Albarnista. I think most Villa fans are nostalgic at heart and would love to have a name and a bit of a character to look up to and Houllier does not fit that role, along with Curbs. Koeman may as everyone in the know remembers his passing was second to none - best in the world. However, sublime player does not begat great manager...see Hoddle for example. So who do we really want...Hughes or Jol that's for sure. I'd rather Sven in a DoF role to be honest as he has a knowledge I believe even passes GH and can still attract players...if only we could get Jol or that type of class to work beneath him. One things for sure I think we need a shake up and unfortunately for KMac he may win but as soon as he starts to lose there'll be plenty saying it was a bad choice - like McClaren after Sven - either shake it up properly with a good support system i.e. Sven and KMac, Sven and Koeman, GH and KMac etc or run the risk of KMac faltering under the immense pressure to deliver the wins this club and supporters deserve. Good luck to the next guy/s....whoever you are. UTV.
05/09/2010 21:04:00
Albarnista people turned on O'neill when we went out to rapid vienna last year 'some' not all like the KMac situation, I'm just used to your whinging and would like you to carry on.
05/09/2010 23:00:00
Sorry that should read 'not short term fix' and just add that I hope who ever the manager is the Villa fans need to be patient! but I know they won't be. Alex Fergusons first seasons finishes in charge were 11th, 2nd, 11th, 6th. I know most Villa fans will be calling for the managers head if we finished 11th! This what comes back to its no good having an old manager and we can't give them time to build the team for the long term so it will be more short term fixes and we won't progress.
06/09/2010 02:18:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment


Recent Aston Villa Articles

Garde Rallies The Troops - Richards Rallies Amavi

Not an awful lot of news the last few days so to keep me occupied have two interviews from manager Remi Garde and skipper Micah Richards.

Villa Fan In SHOCK Attempt At Positivity

Your thoughts Villans, clutching at straws I know, but do you have any further positives to throw my way please?

Another Dagger In The Heart

HH on yet another dagger in the heart of great supporters of a once great club

We Deserved A Point - Garde

Manager Remi Garde has said he felt the performance in the game against Watford today should've returned a point for Aston Villa.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Mike Field
Steve Wade
Turkish Penguin
Chris Heath
M Calucar
JuanPablo Angel

Current Poll (see more polls)

Watford MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Traore20%
Sub - Gestede0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 14 9 2 3 29 16
2 Leicester City 14 8 5 1 29 8
3 Man Utd 14 8 4 2 28 10
4 Arsenal 14 8 3 3 27 12
5 Spurs 14 6 7 1 25 13
6 Liverpool 14 6 5 3 23 3
7 Crystal Palace 14 7 1 6 22 5
8 West Ham 14 6 4 4 22 4
9 Everton 14 5 6 3 21 8
10 Southampton 14 5 5 4 20 3
11 Watford 14 5 4 5 19 -1
12 Stoke 14 5 4 5 19 -3
13 WBA 14 5 3 6 18 -5
14 Chelsea 14 4 3 7 15 -6
15 Swansea 14 3 5 6 14 -5
16 Norwich 14 3 4 7 13 -8
17 Sunderland 14 3 3 8 12 -10
18 AFC Bournemouth 14 2 4 8 10 -13
19 Newcastle 14 2 4 8 10 -16
20 Aston Villa 14 1 2 11 5 -15
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Blog: Abu Dhabi GP Report
Latest Vital Boxing News
Can Tyson Scoop The BBC Personality Award?
Write for Vital Football

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Dec 5 2015 3:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 13 2015 1:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 19 2015 5:30PM : Newcastle United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2015 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 28 2015 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 2 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Pride of Lions19
2.The Fear3
5.Virginia Villan1
6.The Mad Ox1
The Vital Football Members League