Houllier in Villa running - Report

03 September 2010 10:41
Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Martin O'Neill as Aston Villa boss, according to reports.[LNB] Houllier, 63, left Anfield six years ago and has been employed as technical director at the French Football Federation since parting company with Lyon in 2007.[LNB]But he has been interviewed by Villa owner Randy Lerner and created a favourable impression with the American multi-millionaire.[LNB]If Lerner decides Houllier is the right man to succeed O'Neill, then Villa hope to make an appointment early next week - certainly before their next match at Stoke on September 13.[LNB]Houllier enjoyed considerable success with the Reds and led them to a UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup treble in 2001.[LNB]Villa sources believe he has the reputation and CV to keep Villa on an upward curve after three successive top six finishes in the Premier League.[LNB]Before he moved to Liverpool, he also enjoyed title success with Paris St Germain and spent a decade overseeing the development of French football.[LNB]Former West Ham boss Alan Curbishley and caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald have also been interviewed for the post by Lerner and Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner.

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