Why Gerard Houllier Can Be Great For Villa
I think now it is clear this is happening, the tide is turning for the new manager... Villa 'Fans' - Change Your Attitude!! ... or will turn, because us Villans are a supportive lot when it comes down to it.
Yeah it looks like it's a done deal now, and I'm glad it's over to be honest, he wasn't my first choice at the start but the more it became clear that he was actually gonna be our manager and not some 'director of football' rubbish the more I learned to embrace this decision, I mean the way I look at it is...
1. We're getting a guy with vast experience who has proven he can win things both in England in Europe.
2. For the first time in four years we'll be looking forward to transfer windows in full knowledge that potential signings won't be coming from the UK only, Houllier has links all over the globe and signed many a gem at both Liverpool and Lyon.
3. Tactically the guy is flexible, he played 442 at Liverpool but then played 451 at Lyon, so he'll play whatever system suits us best unlike the last manager.
4. He's got no mates here!!, Mon stuck with the status quo and so did Macdonald to a large extent but Houllier will have his own ideas which I'm looking forward to seeing.
5. I fully expect Houllier to get our scouting network up running again which will also be exciting to see.
6. He's not scared to bring the youngsters through, from a young Gerrard to Benzima at Lyon the guy knows a good talent when he see's one and is more than willing to give them a chance.
All in all I'm hopeful that this appointment will be a success, this guy has tussled with the best of them, Fergy, Wenger etc, and apparently he's refreshed and ready to go again!!.. a hungry Houllier can only benefit us imo.
Don't think we have ever appointed a manager who has had this much success:
* 1 × French League: 1985-86
* 1 × UEFA Cup: 2000-01
* 1 × UEFA Super Cup: 2001
* 1 × FA Cup: 2000-2001
* 2 × Football League Cup: 2000-2001, 2002-03
* 1 × FA Community Shield: 2001
* 2 × French League: 2005-06, 2006-07
* 2 × Champions Trophy: 2005, 2006
Surely deserves a chance?