Aston Villa name Gerard Houllier as new boss

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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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