Houllier's warm welcome for old faces

12 September 2010 02:30
New Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier insists he has no problems working with the players he has managed previously who are now key figures at the midlands club. Defender Stephen Warnock and keeper Brad Friedel were with Houllier at Liverpool and striker John Carew at Lyon. Warnock and Friedel did not receive many opportunities at Anfield while Carew was allowed to leave Lyon and join Villa by Houllier in a swap deal with Milan Baros. Houllier said: "Everybody thinks that when a player leaves a club, it means they are unhappy. At Jamie Carragher's testimonial last weekend, I came across a few players that had left during my time there at Liverpool. "There was not a problem and there will be no problem with the people here. We can work together. Stephen Warnock was too young (at Liverpool). I read something about that but he was too young. "Brad, I got on very well with. Don't forget Brad had to leave. Brad came with Roy Evans and had to leave at the end of the season because unfortunately we couldn't renew his work permit. "As for John Carew, he is an outstanding talent. He is extremely skilful. He can win you a game in an instant. I like the man. It is not a problem."

Source: PA

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