Aston Villa have confirmed the appointment of Gerard Houllier as the new manager. Houllier is succeeding Martin O’Neill, and returned in the Barclays Premier League after an absence of six years from the end of his reign at Liverpool. He worked as technical director of the French Football Federation.
The 63-year-old enjoys the challenge, with Villa on successes under O’Neill, who resigned five days to build before the start of the campaign.
Villa in a statement this afternoon confirming the appointment Houllier.
But there was no indication of who is number two behind Phil Thompson Houllier dismissed the possibility of bringing the union, which had already been successful at the Anfield Road.
Houllier said in a statement:Â I am very happy and proud to join this great club and history.
It was a very difficult decision for me to leave FFF [French Football Federation].
But I could not reject the possibility of an association, to manage both on the field and stand aside, I have always admired.
Aston Villa is one of the biggest clubs in England and has an incredible list of fans.
Villa Executive Director Paul Faulkner said:Â Two of the most important qualities that we identify as critical management experience in the Premier League and a strategy to build on existing strengths in our current workforce.
Gerard Houllier comfortably meets these criteria.
In fact, proving to be a man who understands the football philosophy of our club and our common values.
We look forward to working with Gerard and maintenance.
We ask our fans behind the new coach and get the team, as we on the progress that we have in the past four years in all areas of the association to seek to build.