Kevin MacDonald has tipped new/soon to be manager Gerard Houllier to achieve great things at Villa Park, after insisting the foundations have been laid.
Speaking ahead of his final match as caretaker manager, Mac said Houllier would be coming into a 'young and vibrant club' with 'outstanding professionals' and also clarified his reasoning for not accepting the offered assistant manager job with the new boss.
Speaking on the Official Site Big Mac also spoke of his delight at taking the first team reigns as it was an unforgettable experience.
'It is exciting times for the club, obviously he has got his ideas, he has got a great track record so if he can match that with some of his achievements at Liverpool and try and push us forward, that is what we are looking for.'
It's not just the first team talent that Houllier will be inheriting, as Kev knows from first hand experience, it is also the opportunity to develop some of the brightest talent in the country and help turn them into household names.
'He's getting a young vibrant club with some very, very, good young players. We also pride ourselves on the knowledge that we have some good youngsters coming through who may not be ready for another couple of years.
'There's a lot of hope and brightness for the future.'
As for the assistant role, Big Mac admits he spoke with Houllier over the matter but that he didn't think it was right at the time.
'It is best for him to get his own staff so he can make his own mark on it. We spoke about me going back to do the reserves and that is where we are at the moment.'
MacDonald has also spoken at length previously about not quite knowing which direction he would like his career to take now having caretakered the top position, so it doesn't sound as though he's closed the door on the idea of the assistant's job in the future. He's already admitted he will be happy to undertake any work asked of him by Houllier as it will benefit the club, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him still maintain some role with the first team even once he returns to nurturing our second string.
In terms of Bolton, short of the known injuries surrounding Weimann and Delph, the club have no other concerns with John Carew making enough a recovery to be in consideration for a starting place.
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