Houllier must wait to start Villa job

10 September 2010 03:17
Gerard Houllier has been unveiled as Aston Villa's new manager - but does not expect to formally take charge for nearly another fortnight.[LNB] Houllier has shaken hands on a three-year deal with Villa but has to agree a departure date from his role of technical director with the French Football Federation.[LNB]If all goes to plan, the 63-year-old Frenchman is set to be at the helm for the first time for the home Carling Cup game with Blackburn on September 22.[LNB]Houllier will not attend Monday's Premier League clash at Stoke while he thrashes out the terms of his exit from the FFF.[LNB]He will return to England for the home match with Bolton on September 18 but Kevin MacDonald will remain as caretaker boss for the next few days.[LNB]Houllier said: "I take great pride in my appointment as manager of Aston Villa. It is a great honour for me.[LNB]"Why am I here? One of the reasons is that I think Randy Lerner [owner] and Paul Faulkner [chief executive] have great enthusiasm, dynamism and honesty and they convinced me of their ambitions for the club.[LNB]"I had a good job with the FFF but I had a desire to return to English football - although it is not a case of unfinished business because I did well at Liverpool and won six trophies."[LNB]Houllier confirmed that MacDonald will not be part of Villa's first-team set-up.[LNB]He said: "I spoke to Kevin this morning and he prefers to go back to his role as reserve-team manager.[LNB]"He has done a very good job and I trust him and I am sure our relationship will be good."

Source: Team_Talk