Houllier sets lofty goals

11 September 2010 02:00
Gerard Houllier has set himself three targets after replacing Martin O'Neill as Aston Villa manager. Houllier, who is expected to officially take charge in two weeks, wants to bring silverware and break into the top four by the end of his initial three-year deal. In addition, the former Liverpool boss has his sights on achieving a long-term legacy by improving the players as individuals. Houllier insists the crop of young English talent at Villa Park will be given the chance to flourish - if good enough. He said: "If the young English players are good enough, they will play. But there is one thing I can tell you: I am sure they will improve if they are focused. If you look at some of the players I had at Liverpool, they made some progress, some improvement. "For the young players, whatever the talent, one of the key ingredients to succeed is work and attitude. Attitude determines everything because that determines what you will make of your talent. You can the have best talent but if the attitude is not right, you waste it. We will do everything we can to make them improve and if they are good enough, they will play."

Source: PA