Villa Park set for new managerial appointments.
Gerard Houllier is set to be unveiled as the head of a new Aston Villa boot room on Monday – part of a major gamble by Randy Lerrner.
The 62-year-old Frenchman is prepared to take on the role of Director of Football as part of a new three-man strategy to be unveiled by Villa’s American owner.
Houllier will head up the operation to assist new head coach Kevin MacDonald and Steve Staunton, who will join the Villa Park staff as assistant coach.
Lerner has taken a major risk in adopting the continental strategy favoured on the continent, but which has hardly been attempted in England.
He has gone against the warning of former boss Martin O’Neill – who claimed before his resignation that managers in the Premier League should be allowed to run`all football matters.’
Houllier has not been involved in management since he left Lyon in 2007 and also suffered heart problems during his six-years in charge of Liverpool and had to undergo a heart by-pass.
Villa are reluctant to expose the Frenchman to the intense pressure of Premier League management, but feel he could work alongside MacDonald. (Daily Mirror)
This trio could very much be the best bet for Aston Villa as they look to move forwards following the loss of such a crucial figure as Martin O’Neill. Gerard Houllier is a vastly experienced campaigner and knows the Premier League well but the continued involvement of Kevin MacDonald will act as the continuity the players will need to push on towards a top six finish.
Steve Staunton is of course very familiar to Villa Park having played for the club for a decade across two spells and will be a useful coach to have around and appears to be very much a ‘player’s coach’, someone who knows how to deal with the squad and will also not mince his words.
All in all these three should be a very good collection of abilities and the only obstacle to such a triumvirate is the separation of power between them and if selected only time will tell if that will be an issue or not.
Do Villa fans welcome this potential series of appointments?