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Houllier’s revolution at Aston Villa

Before his reign had even officially began, Houllier speaking in his first press conference since his appointment was announced, informed the media that his ongoing commitments to the French F.A. prevented him from signing his contract at Villa Park and was unaware as to when he would be able to do so.

The appointment of Houllier certainly surprised many people. The Frenchman had been out of management since leaving Lyon in 2007 and had not been a part of the English game since 2004
The first task facing Houllier was to appoint an assistant manager with who he would work alongside. Houllier approach Kevin MacDonald, the Scot declined. the offer. Next Houllier contacted old friend Phil Thompson who turned down the job. Third option was Gary McAllister who had management stints at Coventry City and Leeds United with neither position bringing much success. McAllister obviously jumped at the chance.

Robert Dunverne, who was part of the infamous French world cup 2010 coaching staff, was appointed as First team and fitness coach.

Steven Ireland was publicly criticized by Houllier for his poor performances in training, It was no surprise that Ireland’s agent confirmed that the player would be looking for pastures new in the January transfer window.

His first purchase as manager was the signing of 37-year-old free agent Robert Pires on a contract until the end of the season. Pires had not played in England for four years. Since then, Pires has publicly criticized Houllier for his lack of playing time and has suggested that Houllier currently possesses a divided camp of players with which he has only two games to save his job. For an individual who Houllier brought into the club himself to then publicly criticize the manager arouses many questions about the chemistry in the squad.

First team regular Richard Dunne was reported to have exchanged words with Gary McAllister over training methods, which coincided with the Irishman being dropped from the side. McAllister and Houllier played down the incident insisting that the decision to leave out Dunne and the likes of John Carew were purely down to footballing reasons. This is despite John Carew insisting that his inability to be considered for selection of late was due to an injury, this is an injury which the medical staff at Aston Villa is yet to confirm.

Houllier is faced with a dilemma. He has a squad of players who clearly are not all behind his methods.

Lyon midfielder John Makoun has been identified as a potential signing by Houllier though the Frenchman has stated that the price tag of £7 million may prove too high for the club.

Performances under Houllier have ranged from impressive to purely abysmal
Arguably some of the most woeful performances by a Villa team in the Premier League, the games at Liverpool and Manchester City cannot be described anything other than embarrassing. In particular the game at Anfield was against a side that had been struggling for form themselves and missing the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernanado Torres. This was a team that was there for the taking. Instead Villa turned in an unacceptable performance

Villa slip into the bottom three for the first time since 2003…

Stop filling the squad with French “has-beens”

Premiership football is not what it used to be when you were successful at Anfield; it can be bad for your health. Go now Houllier and take your French imports with you and your sweaty sock McAllister.

Not looking forward to Sundays game with our arch rivals Birmingham Shitty - surely a "Must win" game for Hollier.

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Gavin said...

Yep - I think you should keep him until the end of the season ;)