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Liverpool Fans Thumbs Up To Houllier For Villa

OK, I often boast about having friends and no one believes me because I live in my own little online world... well, I've now got proof! I asked my Liverpool supporting friend for his opinion on Gerard Houllier and here are his answers.

With thanks to redDJ

1) So... Gerard Houllier to Villa. What do you make of that?

Not sure it's a great move, he's been out of the Premier league for 6 years and spent a lot of that time with the French side (Little hands on football)

2) What did you think of his time at Liverpool?

Initially he was great fans loved him he won us the treble, bought a fair few bad players (Diouf, Salif Diau,Biscan didn't he buy Cheyrou too?) but he also found Sami for £3m and Gary Mac was an inspirational signing. After the heart problems he seemed (understandably to loose a little passion) Liverpool played well under Thompson during GH sick leave so was it PT or GH who bought the best out of the team?

3) Some argue it was his squad that won the Champions League. Fair?

Erm yes and no RB didn't change the squad that much but he did re-motivate the players that GH had left behind and I think it was his style of European strategy that won us the CL plus a fabulous second half performance by Didi. Old cliché but I think GH had taken us as far as he could

4) What do you think he'll bring to Villa?

Difficult one to be honest I'm not sure, too late to bring players in (Did MON do that intentionally??), your squad keeps getting smaller and smaller. He sets out teams quite defensively so not sure about exciting football, but Villa will be hard to break down. Not sure what it means for Warnock and Heskey he didn't rate them at the pool.

5) Phil Thompson is also being linked. Any opinions?

Thomo passion through and through .....for the reds....can he transfer that to the Villa it / was it his passion for the reds that got him his results. Not a great man manger by all accounts fell out with God (Robbie Fowler) has possibly a bit of a chip on his shoulder.

At the end of the day GH and PT gave us some great times at Liverpool, but that treble was nearly 10 years ago, football has moved on are either the right choice? They will both give 100% to the job (if both offered one), will it bring top four place to the Villa, I don't think so. Were there better options out there, Hughes (maybe, too late due to MON) Moyes (Couldn't see him leaving Everton until Sir Knob down the East Lancs goes), Kev Mac heart said yes Head says has he been there to long and not been top boss yet for a reason.


I also asked on Vital Liverpool and some of their fans took the time to answer:

richard24 said 'he will win you trophies given time. he is a very good manager and should become a fan favourite'

manchingwah said: 'Gerard Houllier had very hard acts to follow when he took up the role at LFC, where he is remembered as a successful manager for us. There's every reason why Villa fans should be optimistic, although one thing I would say is that one or two of his signings were not up to scratch. But Villa come across as being (relatively) loyal to their [new] managers, so given time, he will do very well for you I'm sure, which is a worry for LFC seeing as we are competing for European places with you! Don't let the fact that he is currently Director of Football for the farcical French national side put you off, as it's probably the farcical situation itself which is the reason for prompting him to leave that job. Good luck with the manager hunt!'

KB1 added, 'O'Neill was like an Irish Houllier. Identical systems employed with like minded players (speed at wide areas with a target man and speedier player, playing off him). They are very very similar. Houllier is a good manager, he improved us year on year until his heart op. He installed a great deal of discipline into the squad and made some very astute signings (Hyppia). After leaving us, Ged took over at Lyon and improved an already title winning squad by winning the league and taking them further in Europe. He would be a good manager for Villa. One thing I will say though is that credit given to him for winning the Champs lge is well off the mark. We won in 2005 despite some of the Houllier signings (Traore etc) and players like Garcia/Alonso made a significant difference to our side as did the manager who set us up tactically brilliantly in Juve/Chels etc. That was Benitez's achievement and I hate history being re-written to suggest otherwise.'

Finally, WestDerbyRed: 'Ged knows his stuff and should be successful at Villa if given the time and backing which all managers needs. I just hope the Holte End faithful give them a chance and not use their former LFC links as a reason to get at them at the first sign of trouble. Ged is certainly a better option for Villa than Sven, Curbishley or any of the other names linked with the club.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 8 2010

Time: 9:11AM

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08/09/2010 09:16:00

For once Albarnista i totallt agree with you!!
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08/09/2010 09:33:00

Interesting read. Who would be a top quality manager next year Albarnista?
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08/09/2010 09:58:00

pesimist! He's a top manager who will utilise the team to play to their strengths and guard their weaknesses. As all world class managers should.
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08/09/2010 10:45:00

How many of them would have him back?
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08/09/2010 11:20:00

Just to clear up a few things about Macdonald here, He is not youth team Coach! he is Reserve team MANAGER! yes MANAGER! and yes ok he is inexperienced at first team management but he is not inexperience at managing. It's funny why some fans actually think he is not good enough to do the job at first team manager but then someone like Moyes is. Have you looked at the table? Everton have also gone out of European competition very early under Moyes. I'm not saying Macdonald is the finished article as that would be mad but in his first five games he has done as much as managers like Moyes, O'Neil etc achieve so why is he thought of as such a poorer manager than them? and that is when he was pushed into the job with no preparation! It find it unbelievable that fans don't see that Macdonald is ever bit as good as someone like Moyes or O'Neil.
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08/09/2010 12:38:00

I think with his experience he can bring a new side to us, he's been there and done it across various teams throughout Europe. Whilst he's not the 'top' name we were all hoping for and to a point half expecting, it's a relatively safe appointment that's not going to damage us, keep us competitive for a top 8 finish and will add some much needed experience to the infostructure of the club. I think whilst it is a short term appointment, what he'll bring is a definitive structure which will set us in good stead for the next 10 years, whether thats with a view to grooming MacDonald only RL knows, but I think we have to give him a chance now. As everyone knows, 'Rome wasn't built in a day'!
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08/09/2010 12:42:00

I don't think that McDonald is ready for this type of post and so do a lot of others Revua!
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08/09/2010 13:11:00

Really intruiging one this, I'm still not sure to be it is happening I am warmin to the idea as lets be honest he has won stuff, competed against the very best in the chumps lge, will defo have lots of contacts, very experienced & clearly feels he can do a good job at B6...he is probably the best of what realistically what is on offer, with not actually knowing who applied, we approached, was available etc etc...tend to go with what cannock villa has posted not under estimate how much of the brown stuff M'on left us in with his departure being when it was...oh well as per usual it will not be dull supporting the villa for another roller coaster season!!!
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08/09/2010 13:29:00

If Houllier can come in steady the ship, actually employ some tactics and improve the scouting network, and maybe some of his knowledge will rub off on those already at the club during his two years, we will be in a much much stronger position than we were at the start of the summer let alone now.
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08/09/2010 14:41:00

icelandvilla, how about Frank Rijkaard, or David Moyes, both of whom would be interested if we plan on sustaining our wage bill at present levels. We are spending enough on wages to challenge for a top-four spot - provided money is spent wisely. Alot more than Everton are currently spending for instance, which could well tempt Moyes. Another interesting option would be Mark Hughes, who has done well wherever he's been, and that includes Man City. Tht's three names off the top of my head, all of whom would be unavailable now, but who would be far more available next summer. If we can't get a top manager now (and we shouldn't be surprised if we can't given the time of year), K-Mac should be left in charge until the end of the season.
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08/09/2010 15:52:00

Hey I agree with you on that one, believe me, am not thrilled with GH as manager. Just wondering what´s realistic. Could GH be coming in to Manage for one year and then next summer look to move into a DoF type role and the club will look to bring in a high profile manager willing to work with a DoF?
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08/09/2010 16:49:00

jaspervilla, we are Villa, not Birmingham City. For years fans claimed that O'Neill was the best we could get. Suggesting that we can't do any better than Houllier is just as unimaginative. We have one of the five highest wage bills in the Premiership. Only Man City had spent more than we had, net, in the last four years before this summer. Very few managers in the world wouldn't be interested in coming to a club with that kind of financial clout. The problem is that hardly any of them, if any, are available at this time of the year. That's why it makes sense to wait until next summer to appoint the next long-term manager. Hopefully this is the club's plan.
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08/09/2010 20:24:00

Jaspervilla, sorry about not being excited about a 63 old with health issues who hasn´t managed a club for 3 years and hasn´t managed in the PL for 6 years! And pls don´t tell me how great it was he won the French league with Lyon 2 years in a row 2006 and 2007....cause Lyon had won the French league the 5 previous years in a row as well! Believe me I hope he does a great job for AV and will support him since he has been hired, but don´t slate me for having higher expectations for the club and yes I believe AV should be able to attract a more high profile manager than Houllier!
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09/09/2010 10:05:00


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