Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier wants trainer that had bust-up with Patrice Evra

15 September 2010 08:52
New Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is ready to snap up the fitness trainer who had a training ground bust-up with Patrice Evra at the World Cup.

Robert Duverne, who previously worked with Houllier at Lyon, was the France coach who had a furious row with Les Bleus captain Evra when the revolting national team refused to train in South Africa.

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Duverne had to be held apart from the Manchester United left back by France boss Raymond Domenech after a row over sending Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka home from the competition for insubordination.

The 43-year-old chose a change of direction after the World Cup to become assistant manager at newly promoted Ligue 1 side Arles-Avignon.

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But after a 4-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday made it five defeats out of five, he resigned on Monday.

Respected French newspaper L'Equipe reports that no-nonsense Duverne is now likely to join up with Houllier at Villa Park, though it is unclear whether it will be as a fitness coach or combining other duties. Aston Villa players beware.

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Source: Daily_Mail