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Paul Faulkner: We Are Backing Gerard

Paul Faulkner: We Are Backing Gerard

Chief Executive Paul Faulkner have given his backing to manager Gerard Houllier.

Houllier's Villa suffered a fourth successive defeat at his former club Liverpool on Monday.

He then upset Villa fans by saying 'It's difficult to say but I prefer to lose 3-0 to Liverpool because I like Liverpool' on the Merseyside club's official site.

Now we find ourselves only two points above the relegation zone ahead of Saturday's home clash with our local rivals West Brom.

But Faulkner claims Houllier has his and Randy Lerner's full support.

He said: 'From my point of view, and from Randy's, it's 'as you were'. It's not even a vote of confidence because nothing has changed for us.

We knew it was going to be hard and we are on a bad run. But the answer is to work even harder - and Gerard is doing that.

Of course, West Brom is a massive game, it's a local derby, but everyone who cares for Villa should stick together.'

He continued by saying 'Our stance has been, ever since Randy took charge of the club in 2006, to build for the long term. Continuity always pays off. Look at Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Gerard's great to work with.'

That is a slighty funny thing to say given that Houllier is 62 years old and Ferguson was in his 40's when he took charge at Old Trafford. It is not as though he is a long term appointment

Paul added 'It's only three league games ago when we were eighth and Sir Alex said we should have been 6-0 up against his team before drawing 2-2. Nothing has changed here. It's a long-term project. We always knew it was going to be difficult. The manager arrived in September and has been trying to make changes in the way things are done and make changes in the playing style.

Without wishing to make excuses, the injury list has been horrendous. Thankfully, players are starting to come back now. Fans should demand and expect total commitment from a manager and Gerard is fully focused on Aston Villa.

He is incredibly hard-working and doing everything he can to improve the team's fortunes.'

Faulkner believes Houllier's health problems and heart attack at Liverpool should be taken into consideration by Villans who might be upset that he still has an affection for his former club and to be fair I actually agree.

He said: 'I admit it didn't look great on Monday (at Liverpool) but I know that the reality is he's very focused on this job. I see that every day. But, in a way, his life was saved at Liverpool after he had a huge heart failure.

The actions of the people in that building as he stared death in the face must have had a major impact.'

Faulkner finished by discussing the January transfer window.

He said: 'We'll give him the support and the resources to do his job.

'But January has never been the ideal time to make extensive recruitment.

'If opportunities present themselves, then we will look to improve the squad.'

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

Writer:Dan Jones
Date:Friday December 10 2010
Time: 9:35AM


Am the only person who thinks that pic of RL and PF is a little dubious???
10/12/2010 09:41:00
Am I the only person who thinks that pic of RL and PF is a little dubious???
10/12/2010 09:42:00
Can't say I disagree with anything he's said. I think understandably we're hurting at losing matches, but is Houllier really the culprit? We're in this position because of one man, and one man only...Houllier needs to be given the time and space for at least till after Jan transfer before any drastic measures are made over his future. Time will tell if he's up to the job, but he's not had the time to make that call yet.
10/12/2010 09:44:00
For me, Randy's first ever mistake as Villa owner was appointing Houllier. Sticking with him when he's clearly not up to the job is mistake No.2
10/12/2010 09:50:00
Houllier has till February for me, he is close to a full squad heading into the game vs West Brom for the first time since his arrival and I think he should be allowed the month of January to bring in one or two of his own players. In February if we are in a similar league position to now then I will be asking questions. He is yet to beat MON's bad run without a win from a couple of years ago so he gets my patience. As for his comments and actions, I am not going to pretend they upset me because they didn't but I fully understand why so many fans are upset and believe they have every right to be angry and want him out, but I am not there yet.
10/12/2010 09:59:00
Fair comment from Paul.
Thomas Holte
10/12/2010 11:02:00
Johnnyuk, I'm presuming you mean MON is the "one man, and one man only" for the position we are in. That is abject nonsense. How can you blame someone who has got us into sixth place in the last three seasons. League positions don't lie. This is not a pro-O'Neill comment, simply to say that Houllier has done zilch up until now to show whether he is up to the job or not. Injuries or not, to be accepted as serious contenders in this league, our squad as yet, does not have the depth we as supporters would really like. Let us all hope that we can give the Baggies a massive whipping and restore a deal of badly needed confidence.
10/12/2010 11:28:00
10/12/2010 11:48:00
If we don't get 6 points from next two games he could well take us down... These next two games are biggest for sometime and draws won't help
10/12/2010 13:04:00
Not too sure about whether spending in Jan is going to help, nobody good enough to improve our team is going to want to sign for us in our present form
10/12/2010 13:33:00
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