Gerard Houllier has sadly died at the age of 73, with RMC Sport delivering the news early on Monday morning. The Frenchman managed Liverpool and Aston Villa, as well as Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, during his time in football. And tributes have now started to pour in as the world reacts.
“We are sad to learn of the death of Gérard Houllier, who passed away overnight, at the age of 73,” they said in a tweet.
“Our thoughts are with all those close to him.”
Houllier was invited to become joint team manager of Liverpool alongside Roy Evans in 1998, having impressed with his work in his homeland.
And he was a huge hit at Anfield, rebuilding the team and helped them win a League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup treble three years later.
Houllier was hit by health problems during his time at Liverpool and, in October 2001, was rushed to hospital.
That was due to the discovery of a heart condition with Phil Thompson then taking temporary charge of the Reds.
Houllier later returned to the role he loved and stayed at Liverpool until 2004, when Rafa Benitez then took charge.
He spent time at Lyon and, in September 2010, took over at Aston Villa.
Houllier worked wonders at the club, steering them to ninth in the Premier League table during his sole season at the helm.
However, he was forced to quit at the end of the 2010/2011 season due to his health deteriorating.
People have now reacted to news of his death, with Gary Lineker saying: “Oh no! Gerard Houllier has passed away. One of football’s smartest, warmest and loveliest people. #RIPGerard.”
Fans, too, have paid tribute to the 73-year-old.
“Gerard Houllier. RIP. Underrated, and a boss who won a magnificent treble in 2000-2001. #Houllier #RIP,” said one supporter.
“RIP Gerard Houllier. Brought #LFC to the modern era,” said a second.
“Gerard Houllier has passed away overnight. Will always be remembered for a treble-winning season to fill the trophy cabinet after a dry spell in #LFC’s history. Brought the club into the 21st century and paved the way for Rafa and number 5 in Istanbul. RIP,” said a third.
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