Gerard Houllier set to be named as Aston Villa boss

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Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is expected to be named as the new manager of Aston Villa later this week.

The 63-year-old has emerged as favourite for the Villa Park post, which was left vacant by the resignation of Martin O'Neill just days before the start of the new Premier League season.

Houllier has held discussions with Villa owner Randy Lerner and is believed to have impressed the American supremo and is now set for talks French Football Federation president Fernando Duchaussoy.

Duchaussoy said of his current national technical director:"We will meet on Wednesday to take stock of the situation with him – I'll ask him.

"I would like to continue working with him."

Houllier, who was in charge at Anfield between 1998 and 2004, had stated earlier this week: "Never and always are two words you can't use in football."

He has also enjoyed spells in charge of the French national team, Lens, Paris St Germain and Lyon.

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