Houllier Facing Tough Decisions As He Looks To Rebuild Villa Squadby Richard Smith / 29 September 2010, 08:44Tweet
Gerard Houllier has enjoyed a good start to his career at Aston Villa with two wins already under his belt in the Premier League, however he will know that he still has a lot of work to do at Villa Park as he looks to build a squad strong enough to break into the Champions League positions. His first big decisions will surround the futures of Nigel Reo-Coker, John Carew and Steven Sidwell who will all be looking for contract extensions before the end of the season, each of them will be allowed to leave at the end of the season on a free transfer if Gerard Houllier decides to let them go and it could prove crucial to his reign at Villa Park.
Should Houllier decide to let the three of them go it would free up a considerable amount of the wage bill and would allow him to bring in one or two of his own players, but he will also be aware that there is no endless pot of money at the club so any money will need to be spent wisely if he is to move the club forward as he intends. Villa have looked in good shape since Houllier took charge and that will be encouraging to Villa fans, who had become somewhat disillusioned following the departure of Martin O'Neill just a few days before the start of the new season.
Houllier has been quick to tell fans that he is looking to build the club slowly over the next few years and the first step to that will be to decide the future of these three players, Liverpool fans will remember only too well that on occasions he made the wrong decisions in the transfer market and Villa fans will be hoping he does not repeat that at Villa Park. It may only be the early stages of his career at Aston Villa but Gerard Houllier will know that any decisions he makes now will surely have a big affect on his eventual success or failure at the club. He could offer each of the three new contracts, allow them to leave for free or try and flog them on the cheap in January to raise a bit of cash, it would be no surprise to see him let each of them go in the Summer as he looks to up the quality of the squad.