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Aston Villa Manager Gerard Houllier Rushed To Hospital With Heart Problems

Villa Park boss has history of heart illness but is in a comfortable position.

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is in a comfortable condition after being being rushed to hospital with heart problems last night.

The 63-year-old will spend several days recovering under observation from doctors meaning assistant, Gary McAllister, would take charge for Saturday’s game against Stoke City.

The club have made no official comment at this stage but are expected to release a statement later today.

The Frenchman underwent open heart surgery in October 2001 after suffering chest pains during Liverpool’s match against Leeds United but returned to work five months later.

Houllier did consult his heart surgeon before accepting the job at Villa Park in September taking over from Martin O’Neill.

He said he had returned to speak to Dr Abbas Rashid, the man who led the team who performed his 11-hour operation, and was given a clean bill of health.

“When you go into a job you know there will be pressure, that it will be hard work and you won’t sleep every night,” said Houllier at the time.

“You need to make sure your body is ready. I have checked that. I am much healthier and fitter now than I was before.”

Villa have enjoyed a topsy turvy campaign under Houllier. They are currently 10th but have been flirting with relegation for much of the season.

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