New Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier took charge of his first game as Villa boss in a 3-1 victory against Bolton in the Carling Cup last night. Despite his good start, Houllier has not yet formalised a contract with the club but Houllier has moved to reassure fans that he is fully focused on the job at hand.
Houllier was named as Martin O’Neill’s permanent successor two weeks ago but has been negotiating a release from his contract as the French Football Federation’s technical director. However, Houllier has yet to come to an agreement with his previous employers and has not signed a contract with Aston Villa.
Houllier wishes to rid Aston Villa of its image as a ‘nice’ club and is keen to instil a ruthless streak in his players in order to ensure that success is brought to the club.