Former Liverpool and Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier dies at the age of 73.

Gerard Houllier celebrates winning the League Cup with Liverpool

The French ace manager spent six years at Anfield between 1998-2004, winning four major trophies for the Reds including the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup in 2001.

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Going on to spend two years with Lyon, Houllier made a return to the Premier League taking over the job from Martin O’Neill as Aston Villa boss. He resigned shortly after a year due to illness(heart problems).

The Frenchman spent 38 years in management, leading French giants PSG to their first ever Ligue 1 title in 1986.

Liverpool in a statement on Monday said: “We are mourning the passing of our treble winning manager, Gerard Houllier.

“The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Gerard’s family  and many friends.

“Rest in Peace, Gerard Houllier 1947-2020.”

His death has saddened the hearts of many including former Liverpool striker Michael Owen who tweeted how sad it was to hear the news of the death if his former manager.

Sir Alex Ferguson also said “the news has come as a total shock this” as Houllier was a good friend of his even after leaving Liverpool.

Aston Villa added: “All at Aston Villa are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gerard Houllier, our manager during 2010/11 season. Our thoughts are with Gerard’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.”

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