FORMER LIVERPOOL, FRANCE COACH GERARD Houllier DIES AT 73

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FORMER LIVERPOOL, FRANCE COACH GERARD Houllier DIES AT 73

The one-man army behind rebuilding Liverpool from underachievers of the Premier League into a cup treble-winning side back in 2011, died at the age of

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The one-man army behind rebuilding Liverpool from underachievers of the Premier League into a cup treble-winning side back in 2011, died at the age of seventy-three, said a tweet by his former club on Monday. According to RMC sport and French sports daily L’Equipe, Gerard Houllier passed away after having heart surgery in the capital city of France. Many teams like Paris Saint Germain, Aston Villa, and Olympique Lyonnais have had their training under him. He had also coached the national football team of France apart from those famous clubs between 1992-1993 leading them to French league titles. Under the six-year guidance of Houllier, FA Cup, UEFA Cup, and the League Cup were won by Liverpool twice. It was after he suffered a dissection of the descending aorta that he decided to finally step down from the post of manager of English side Aston Villa in 2011.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Houllier underwent an open-heart surgery that lasted for eleven hours after a tear was discovered in his aortic valve, while he was the manager of Liverpool. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) also tweeted, mourning his sudden departure from the world of football and called him a much-respected football influencer in the world of football. Gerald Houllier was a coaching expert and a technical observer in UEFA. Apart from UEFA and the French football teams, the French Football Federation also sent its sincerest condolences to the near and dear ones of the former coach. Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher while remembering how the former manager was proud of coaching him, also paid his tributes on Twitter. He wrote in his tweet that he was absolutely devastated by the news while expressing his admiration for his former coach. He credited Houllier for changing him as a person and as a player for good and for getting LFC back winning trophies. Carragher, who has also played for England, narrated how he was in touch with his former coach the previous month, arranging for him to come to Liverpool. The former club of Houllier, Liverpool also tweeted their regards on his passing, calling him their treble-winning manager. The Liverpool Football Club also extended their regards to his family members and his relatives. Gerald Houllier had a long association with the national football team of France as their youth coach, assistant, and head coach in the early 1990s. Houllier was having problems related to his heart for a very long time. His medical condition surfaced when he was taken to a hospital at the halftime of a match between Liverpool and Leeds United during the Premier League back in October 2001. Houllier’s assistant at the Merseyside Club, Phil Thompson also paid tribute to his former boss. He was in charge of taking care of the former coach while the Frenchman was still recovering from his heart problems. Calling Houllier his friend, colleague, and his boss, he expressed his admiration for his former boss.

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