How Gerard Houllier the Eurocrat won over Aston Villa while Sven Goran Eriksson failed to impress

04 September 2010 12:53
Aston Villa will announce their new management team early next week with Gerard Houllier expected to link up with current caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald.

The Birmingham club are expected to introduce the duo formally either on Monday or Tuesday after bringing their search for Martin O'Neill's successor to a close.

Houllier, 63, is understood to favour becoming boss in his own right - although Villa want a directorial figure who can help plug the gap left by the walkout by O'Neill and his staff.

Experienced: Former Liverpool and Lyon boss Gerard Houllier

Villa owner Randy Lerner compiled a four-man shortlist, aimed at making a quick decision before Villa's next league outing at Stoke on September 13.

Sven Goran Eriksson failed to impress and Houllier's greater experience and pan-European contact base were favoured over Alan Curbishley.

No-gos: Alan Curbishley (left) and Sven Goran Eriksson were approached by Villa

Lerner was keen to hand MacDonald a job in the set-up, but it was the failure to progress in the Europa League - and not the 6-0 hammering by Newcastle - that cost him the chance to manage in his own right.

It appears the ex-Liverpool midfielder, 49, will be given first-team coaching duties with the Frenchman directing from above.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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