Houllier has some high expectations to meet
Like his successor Rafa Benetiz he started well with a Cup treble (although not the European Champions League), spent a fair bit of money but failed to land the Holy Grail – the Premier League title.
Will the wily,articulate Frenchman do better than Martin O’Neill? Will he be able to spend as much money? Was he really the best choice?
Don’t take too much notice about immediate results good or bad. Players who felt comfortable under the previous manager now know they are under threat. Aston Villa is the biggest club in the Midlands and Randy Lerner is a good owner. I wish Houllier well but when he diplomatically praises the Villa supporters I do not think he has any idea of their expectations. He should ask Martin O’Neill… they turned on him at times. Unbelievable!
And on the national team…
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