Aston Villa name Gerard Houllier as new boss


Aston Villa have named the former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier as their new manager.

Houllier had been working as the technical director of French football and is also a former manager of Lens, Paris St Germain and Lyon.

Houllier said of his appointment:"I am very happy and proud to join this great and historic club.

"It was a very difficult decision for me to leave the FFF (French Football Federation) but I could not turn down the opportunity to manage a club whose approach, both on and off the pitch, I have long admired.

"Aston Villa is one of England's biggest clubs and has an amazing set of fans. This is a tremendous challenge and one I am very much looking forward to taking on."

Houllier succeeds Martin O'Neill who resigned just before the start of the season.

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