Aston Villa confirm sick boss Houllier won't be back this season

24 April 2011 02:15
Aston Villa have admitted that boss Gerard Houllier's health problems have caused them 'serious concern' and confirmed he will not manage the team for the rest of the season.

The Villa boss, 63, who had a heart bypass operation when he was in charge at Liverpool 10 years ago, was taken to hospital on Wednesday after complaining of chest plans.

His No 2 Gary McAllister took over managerial duties for Villa's 1-1 draw at home to Stoke on Saturday and will be in charge for the remainder of the campaign.

Game over: Houllier will not return to take charge of Villa this season

Villa board member Charles Krulak said: 'As you might know, he has suffered a problem that he has suffered before . . . at Liverpool. It is serious, something that we need to be concerned about.

'(Villa owner) Randy (Lerner) flew over to see him and everyone at the club has been extending best wishes. I am afraid that he will not be on the sidelines for the remainder of our games. The key is his health and that he recovers quickly.'

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Source: Daily_Mail