Houllier: Bust-up not a distraction

18 March 2011 01:30
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier insists team morale has not been affected by Richard Dunne and James Collins' recent bust-up with coaching staff. The centre-half duo are understood to have been fined two weeks' wages in the wake of their actions during a team bonding session at a health spa in Leicestershire last week. Yet Houllier is adamant the two-day exercise was an overall success and that Villa are in the right frame of mind as they prepare for the vital home clash with Wolves. Houllier said: "I don't think team morale has been affected. "As far as I am concerned, the rest of the team trained well and is ready and prepared for the Wolves game. "We need to keep that [the incident] to one side and prepare for the Wolves game and the rest of the season. The rest of the team enjoyed the two days and it was a good exercise in terms of commitment, energy, enjoyment."

Source: PA