Houllier To Get Straight To Work At Aston Villa After Bolton Gameby Paul Smith / 17 September 2010, 09:55Tweet
Gerard Houllier will finally take charge of Aston Villa on Monday morning following the teams game against Bolton on Saturday, Houllier was appointed as the new Manager at Villa Park in the middle of last week but he has been busy trying to secure an early departure from his contract with the French Football Federation. It has been a frustrating spell for the fans, players and Houllier himself but it has now been confirmed he will begin work on Monday, he will need to get straight down to business as he looks to start the project he has talked about when he arrived.
The former Liverpool Manager has been away from the Premier League for six years and that will be of concern to the Villa fans, in Houllier though they are getting a man that has vast experience across Europe and one that has contacts throughout the big leagues. That should stand him and the Villa team in good stead as he looks to add to his squad where possible, the first name he has been linked with though is a little closer to home with Michael Owen thought to be a target for Villa. Houllier worked with Owen at Liverpool for many years and still believes he can do a job in the Premier League, the player is getting very little game time at Old Trafford and could be happy to move to a club for first team football.
It is clear that Randy Lerner is not going to spend a huge amount of money to take the team into the Champions League so it will be a case of picking up one or two bargains where possible, that is where Gerard Houllier will play a big part and the Villa fans will be hoping there will be more Sami Hyppia's than El Hadji Diouf's coming to the Midlands. That will be a worry for the Villa fans as they aim to build on successive 6th place finishes, that is going to be a near impossible task for Houllier with the big clubs spending even more money and if he can keep the club in the top six this season then he will have done an excellent job.