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Gerard Houllier 'I Like Liverpool' Gaff?

Gerard Houllier 'I Like Liverpool' Gaff?

Sorry, I`ve tried - I`m trying - to have faith and see the positives of Gerard Houllier and although we have become shambolic on the pitch, I am trying to point out that the players are the ones on the pitch, our back four are meant to be international defenders for instance, so how come they are playing like pub players right now? It can`t all be placed at the door of the manager - any manager - but obviously, at some point there has to be a change in results, as that is what this game is all about. Something is very very far from being right at the moment and some are saying 'I told you so` in the Villa forums.

The appointment wasn`t exactly universally accepted and it didn`t bring about much excitement, but for me giving the timing of the walk of the last manager - a spiteful and vindictive and club shafting timing by the way - I did work at talking myself around from a shrug to 'excitement` at some of the positive things being said about Houllier.

Things like this however, will not help his cause one bit, the away fans were even taking the St Michael of their own team last night as reported on the BBC site: Villa's fans did themselves far more credit than their players - although the heavy sarcasm and gallows humour aimed at their team will have hurt Houllier as he tries to win over those still sceptical about his appointment.

Anyway, the main point of this is Houllier`s comments on the Liverpool official site 'It's difficult to say but I prefer to lose 3-0 to Liverpool because I like Liverpool."

We don`t Gerard, we don`t like losing full stop and certainly not against Liverpool. What you think in private is fine and dandy, but to say that after our away faithful travelled up in the freezing conditions? No, that is insulting.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday December 7 2010
Time: 9:36AM


This is a transition season for you and playing your youngsters now where MON wouldnt will in the long term be a great thing for Villa. However the thing i find puzzling last night about Villa is the fact that you seem to be playing every single youngster possible except your best one - Delfouneso
07/12/2010 09:50:00
Im must say that is a very silly thing to say, context is everything, but very very silly
07/12/2010 09:52:00
yeah i'm kina with huddersfield. the fonz needs consecutive starts.
07/12/2010 10:04:00
I also persisted in trying to convince my other half that GH will do the job but I have got to say I felt sick when he kept loving up Liverpool. Our players must have also wondered what to make of him touching "the badge" and " I prefer to lose 3-0 to Liverpool because I like them " I'm sick to the back teeth of him and players telling us what they must do and not turning up. Enough talk lets see some action !
miss polite
07/12/2010 10:08:00
Oh and yes I did make the journey and wasted 10 hours of my life, a tank of petrol and the price of two tickets to boot ! £180 refund ? " I like Liverpool" my backside, total idiot.
miss polite
07/12/2010 10:16:00
Trekker I posted this on the forum last night but left 'doing' anything about it so I could sleep, and JF has beat me to it lol In context, along with the rest of the interview it's clear what he means but it is such the 'wrong' thing to say after a performance like that, especially given how results have gone for him so far. Sometimes it is perception and not substance and it is a faux pas (however innocent) of the highest order.

I commented last night would he recover from this with the fans, we generally don't forgive managers who incur our ire, the jury is still out BUT what's clear is fans seem even more annoyed with the comment than the result.
07/12/2010 10:20:00
Maybe now everyone including Randy will see what a great job MON did? Did we lose against the Blues? What was the last score at Liverpool? That comment has made me really really really reeeeeeeeaaaaalllly mad, can't always be Mr Niceguy GH!! Friends off the pitch who cares!! We cross that line and it's war for 90mins, that's how we do it at Villa mate
07/12/2010 10:38:00
wtf... did he actually say that?!?!
Valiant Villan™
07/12/2010 11:22:00
People talk about Houllier's words being put in context. Sadly, the context is that he's been talking about his love for Liverpool since he arrived. He feels he has been wronged because Benitez got the glory for Istanbul and he is on an agenda to cement what he sees as his true legacy at Liverpool. The man is using Villa. FFS Randy - sack him NOW !
Pancho Villan
07/12/2010 11:40:00
To come out with the comments he did after an absolute shambolic display is disgusting & has left me a little angry...It is disrespectful to villa fans, especially those that were their last night & had to endure an awful performance...we were awful & he should be raging with a performance like that, I & others stick up for the guy & back him as he is one of us & its like he throws it in your face...He should whatever his personal feelings, keep them to himself & be talking all things Villa, cause last night was very concerning...I tell you now, he will of enraged others a lot more than myself & if we do not get a win on saturday, villa park will turn against him now after these comments, if they werent going to anyway!
07/12/2010 12:03:00
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