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Houllier Clarifies After Match Comments

Houllier Clarifies After Match Comments

Gerard Houllier has released a statement on the Official Site tonight, addressing the anger caused by his comments after the Liverpool clash last night.

Click Here for full statement.

Opening his statement Houllier reassures fans that he, and his staff, are working as hard as possible to rectify the errors that we keep seeing on the pitch that are losing us points in games. He also assures us that everybody associated with the club are 'hurting' over recent results and with a bit of patience they will get it right.

'No one likes to lose 3-0 against any team and, if comments I made in the immediate aftermath of our defeat by Liverpool have been misconstrued - comments which were intended to be humorous - let me put them into context. The experiences I enjoyed with Liverpool some years ago will always stay with me, as will many experiences I have had in football both before and since, and I have taken all the experiences into my job as manager of Aston Villa.

'I understand the fas' feelings of hurt and disappointment at the moment - I am hurting as much as anybody, believe me - and I say emphatically that we will battle through. Building last success at Aston Villa is my focus and my commitment to this challenge is resolute.'

He ends the statement by saying:

'It is down to us collectively as a club to work hard to bring joy and success to the fans because the fans are the most important. They are passionate, vocal and fantastic, which I stated when I first came here.'

Finally he states that we are all in this together, and calls on the fans to be in fine voice as we face Albion at the weekend, describing the support as 'vital' to our chances of success in the game.

Be interesting to see whether this alters any of the anger that has filled the site today and late last night.

No direct apology, nor a clarification if truth be told sadly though. The context of the comment that invoked the most ire was clear from the full quotes on the Liverpool Official Site although it does appear many fans have taken the comment in isolation and formed their opinion on that, but I'd be surprised if this statement does anything to rectify the damage caused originally by the daft and innocent comment in question.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday December 7 2010
Time: 6:16PM


He wants another chance? Okay, we're understanding. He has 90 minutes against West Brom. Failure to win and well, I think we all know what the Villa fans will do.
07/12/2010 18:36:00
This is the problem when you employ people whose first language isn't english in a job as passionate as a football manager; you get things lost in translation. The communication between a football manager and fans is such a thin line.
07/12/2010 18:44:00
07/12/2010 20:08:00
^^^to be fair Ted369 you are correct, who cares let's just start winning games. If that doesn't happen quickly then Houll knows what will happen.
holte ender 1969
07/12/2010 20:10:00
Hadn't heard he'd tripped Steff :-)

AJ, Heskey possible for Albion, Reo possible for game after Albion. Petrov New Year. Gardner week and half off full return is the last list going off comments.
07/12/2010 20:11:00
at the end of the day he is only human and we all makes mistakes. He obviously had a great time at Lpool and who can blame him for having some emotional attachment, I look forward to the day he comes back to VP and gets nobbled 3-0 and says "i dont mind losing to villa because I had such a great time there" , back Gerard back the team and focus on the positives. We where stunning and Man U and Arsenal, and if it wasnt for some school boy defensive errors we would be right up there. There is only good times ahead for this team!
07/12/2010 21:38:00
Well said stennyvilla. None of us are happy with the current position but to change again before GH has really had a chance is ridiculous.
07/12/2010 22:15:00
P.Avfc, why should I shut up about him? I said he would have been the better choice on a temporary contract to prove himself while we sourced a quality manager rather than wasting time and money on Houllier. Why should I shut up just as I'm being proved right? that Houllier was a very bad mistake by the board as the fans really didn't want him. I got talked down then so its only fair now the point is being proven that I have my say! Kmac may not have been our solution but he deserved more of a chance that scouser lover houllier! We need someone that is one of us not batting for another team! That aside I've just been looking at the fixtures. If we don't beat Westbrom and Wigan we are in big big trouble. The next games we then have are spurs, man city and Sunderland at home and man city, chelsea, man utd and Birmingham away. I can see us picking up a point or two from that lot. Bad bad bad time to be a Villa fan ;-(
08/12/2010 02:23:00
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