Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Gerard Houllier to leave Aston Villa

Manager Gerard Houllier is expected to leave Aston Villa today.Houllier, who only took over in September, missed the end of the season because of health problems and is set to leave by mutual consent.Houllier and his management team have remained bullish about his prospects of returning to work but a final round of medical tests late last week have taken the decision out of Houllier's hands.Medical test results have been studied by the club's owner Randy Lerner and medical staff. Houllier missed the final month of last season because of his heart problems.Caretaker manager Gary McAllister had been convinced the Frenchman would return to his post and the 63-year-old has played his part in drawing up Villa's plans for next season.It is understood Villa officials are concerned a return to the dugout for Houllier could cause further health problems and may not, therefore, be fair to him or the club.He has struggled to win over the Villa fans despite them moving away from the relegation zone and finishing ninth in the Premier League.Villa have already been linked with Everton manager David Moyes, Fulham boss Mark Hughes and former England coach Steve McClaren as possible successors should Houllier's reign be at an end.

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