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Why Gerard Houllier Can Be Great For Villa

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.

walter1 -

Don't think we have ever appointed a manager who has had this much success:
Club honours

France PSG

* 1 × French League: 1985-86

England Liverpool

* 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

France Lyon

* 2 × French League: 2005-06, 2006-07
* 2 × Champions Trophy: 2005, 2006

Surely deserves a chance?

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday September 7 2010
Time: 8:23AM


I am to, I think it's the fact that this is nearly all over and we can concentrate on the football again and hopefully some new 'european' talent come January!!
07/09/2010 08:56:00
Think that's partly to do with it cannockvilla........and Houllier has a better ring to it than Curbishley!
07/09/2010 09:10:00
Wonder how much money he'll have to spend in the window, if any. Must have been promised something surely?
07/09/2010 09:34:00
I agree with Chiefy, the future is claret and blue! I also take on board some comments about Thompson, but I think that his opinion of the Villa is quite common. A lot of BBC, Sky, even RTE (in Ireland where I'm from) analysts have a poor opinion of the club, saying that the fans expect too much! How can you expect too much when you've been European Champions! I think Thompson is a professional and will do the club proper service and give it the right respect as an employee, I can't see anything less from him even though he is a died in the wool Liverpool man. As for Houllier, he does have a great record! He can coach. Towards the end at Liverpool he stuck to strategies that were found out a little easily and was criticized for not having a plan B, but time has shown he's still able to win, crucially he's able to spot talent, and if we keep Kmac we'll be well set to push on.
07/09/2010 10:03:00
"We have a manager who knows talent when he sees it" - Chiefy, are you sure? Cheyrou, Biscan, Traore, Sean Dundee to name but a few. However, a point a Liverpool supporting mate of mine made is if a player isn't up to it, he doesn't get played, rather than Houllier keeping him in the side to try and prove a point, very refreshing to hear.
07/09/2010 10:51:00
I agree completely biggerthanmeandyou. I am delighted with the appointment. Martin Jol was my first choice but once it became clear he was not avail I am very pleased to have a man at the helm with such a vast knowledge of the European game...
07/09/2010 11:41:00
In response to it just me or did we have two first team coaches under O'Neill??? It's the most balanced outlook thus far admittedly, maybe he now has the taste although I'd like to hear his 'quoted' hint at making another decision should he not get the job. Speculation, speculation....people should see what happens before getting upset about 'maybes'.
07/09/2010 11:56:00
K Mac had a few games to prove himself if he wanted the job,our performances have been rubbish so far he has not exactly been very enthusiastic about wanting the job,we need something now.If the players love K Mac then they have let him down,I'm not sure players loving life under a coach is such a good thing,maybe they dont get much hassle from K Mac.I dont there have been many teams in the last 20 odd years where the coaches have loved the club,if Houllier and Thompson come in they want to succed for their own pride,that will do me.Dont know what the situation is with Staunton but I really think he has something to offer in football.
07/09/2010 12:06:00
Comparing Hooliers £128m L'plop spend, with the little Irish tw***s £120m spend is ridiculous. Plop's spending was ten years ago, an absolute fortune at the time that should have won 3 or 4 titles on the bounce but actually won an FA cup and 2 League cups plus some mickey mouse friendly shields. Hoolier may work out but Thompson should be strung up if he comes anywhere near VP. Actually he can have my seat because I wont be using it again until this pair are run out of town.
07/09/2010 12:56:00
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