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Houllier 'Villa Is A Club Eager To Win Things'

Houllier 'Villa Is A Club Eager To Win Things'

Villa boss has told The Daily Mail that things feel right at Villa and the 'chemistry` brought him back to the Premier League.

"I could feel the chemistry at Villa, with Paul (Faulkner, Villa`s CEO) and the chairman. He is a good person. It is true what Sir Alex says: pick a chairman, not a club. He lives for the club."

Adding, 'I like the fans, the history. It is a club eager to win things. It is a club making changes and deciding on a different way of thinking, who are giving me the freedom to establish something.

'I knew they had some good young players and I have a chance to instil a culture, to say, "This is how we play, this is what we want to achieve".`

Another interesting snippet, 'I believe at top level there are three Ps — passion, performance and progress. We are not at the level of the top four yet. We need consistency. We jumped on a moving train. It took three years at a club with a lot of history in Liverpool to take a step up. In football you cannot programme success, you can just prepare and plan. But Champions League is the aim.`

He also admits that 'one or two` will arrive in January but he expects the major changes to happen during the summer.

Some are arguing about the last statement though, 'I always play with two strikers, play to win. You have a responsibility to play winning football in an entertaining style.`

I do think he has tried to get the football more attacking and there is more passing (I know some disagree!) and that it will take a while for the culture of the footballing style to work through but I`m, not sure he can claim he always plays with two striker, it was the one up front that did many a head in during the Blues loss the other night.

Still, good positive words from Houllier and I for one would love to see him do well here and to take us a step closer to the success us Villa fans so rightly crave!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday December 5 2010
Time: 11:20AM


Whilst I agree that GH needs more time, I do think that the results put KMac's time in charge in a different perspective. After all, it was he that introduced many of the youngsters to senior level football. And look how many games it took for the moaners to have a go at him!
05/12/2010 12:47:00
Chocolate - Chelsea have floundered without Terry and Lampard. We have actually performed better than them over the past 6 games and they haven't faced a top 7 side. We are missing virtually our entire midfield and we have barely had an occasion where two of our senior strikers have been fit. And yet we have scored MORE points over the last 6 games. They lose 2 players from their senior squad and their team falls apart. When we went out against United our midfield averaged less than 2 caps each! We have a defender playing in the midfield because we have no one else available... Maybe consider that there are teams below us with worse form than us. Do you think any of those teams are less injury ravaged as us? In fact is any other team in the league missing as many players? Do you really think any other team could handle losing basically their entire midfield and strike force and STILL not be in the bottom 4 on form? Maybe you should wake up to the fact that we are performing pretty damn well considering the position we are in. When the players start coming back and our form continues to dip, then I will be worried. But right now I am proud of our team, for all the adversity we have faced this season we are still somehow above the relegation zone. I doubt few other teams in the league could say that if they lost 6-8 of their starting 11!
05/12/2010 15:21:00
he likes two strikers.....lets have a go with gabby and the fonz tomorrow....and let downing operate down the left in the same way he did at boro and got himself into the england team... despite the results not being in our favour..we are more exciting to watch and we seem to pass the ball better.....its the last 3rd where we're not finishing and our back four have not been at their best at all...... time....will...tell...
05/12/2010 16:27:00
how can we be more exciting now than 2 years ago when away from home we played fast attacking football on the break. the football mow might have more passes but no end product. and once and for all can GH stop talking about liverpool and how much he loves them and the fans love him. start trying to please us because time is running out fast
05/12/2010 17:34:00
Certainly think we are progressing and our football style is better. Bringing in the likes of Owen, Carrick, Keane I think would poor signings, need an established forward and midfield player in there mid 20's and continue playing the youngsters. The Fonz should be coming on more and more and I'd be pairing him with Gabby at home.
05/12/2010 18:42:00
madforit i take it you never watched a game under o'neil then? Considering all we did was hoof, hoof, hoof, hoof all game and when we went 1-0 up just put 11 men behind the ball and continue hoofing. Our play now is much better, the only people who say it isnt are the people who refuse to back houllier and will say and do anything to get him out.
05/12/2010 18:58:00
p.avfc i watched every game home, away and europe under MON and we were exciting, so i don't know what you have been watching.GH even with all of the players fit will not finish in the top 10 because he is past it and was hardly in demand until we came along. I didn't see his name back on Liverpools list when they were looking for a manager. Yes MON left at an inopportune time but GH needs to stop talking and start winning.
05/12/2010 21:03:00
Don't you read what I say? 'It isn't the performance on the pitch that worries me'. You cannot say that we are making progress this year. Blatantly, for whatever reason, we are not. Playing one up front and then claiming to always play two. These are the views of people who are not seeing what's in front of them. If GH said, 'We are not making the progress I would like because .....' that would be acceptable. If he said, 'I like to play two up front but it hasn't been possible.' that would be OK. But to claim we are making progress and that he always plays two up is simply to fly in the face of reality.
chocolate teapot
05/12/2010 21:39:00
0 obviously didn't then in the final 18 months. Or did you just believe the media hype that we were a fast, young, counter attacking team. Truth was we were a 10 behind the ball, park the bus, take an occasional chance upfront job. If you can't see we are playing better football now (albeit the results are crap) then I find that frightening.

Mt Teapot...Houllier never claimed we 'always played' two upfront. He commented that was how he'd like to play and how he'd always play given the chance or are you incapable of reading between the lines or judging media reports for what they are?, Ergo are you forgetting the simple fact of injuries here. Or the ranting fans had when he played Ash and Ireland upfront and so on. Is it truly a case of arguing because it makes you feel better irrespective of the truth.

Oz I'll leave you to it....You're ex Arsenal has been happens to be a truly experienced, gifted world cup winner who may well have a rather good effect on our younger lads.

But it has to be black and white doesn't it...bring back Chris Sutton, Didier Agathe, Zat Knight. Let's ignore it took Petrov 3 years to find some form, where's that genius Maloney gone.....add your own.

I despair sometimes I really do. Not a single proper criticism that would be grounded in fact, just simple tabloid reactionism where anger is written for you in nice easy hooklines. Pathetic.
06/12/2010 04:10:00
easy madforit... albrighton has clearly marked his name on the first team... there's one kid. Clarke scored a brace where our strikers are yet hit the sheet (except gabby) there's two. bannan and hogg are playing better football than petrov has for some time. i think that's a grand total of... 4! lets not forget delph, who got starts under MON mind you... and that was near mission impossible so when he comes back thats another one... that makes 5. that's half the side leave our the goalie. GH might have to pick the kids now but when the seniors are fit i daresay it'll be a case of want to play the kids. oh and i forgot delfouneso. who i 'll happily admit is probably getting a bit of a raw deal coz he's a gun for the reserves and should get a couple games starts to prove himself. thats 6.
06/12/2010 10:06:00
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