Aston Villa confirm Gérard Houllier appointment

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Experienced French tactician Gérard Houllier was confirmed on Wednesday night as the new manager of Aston Villa.

The 63-year-old penned a three-year contract at Villa Park to succeed Martin O'Neill who walked out on the club just five days before the start of the Premier League season.

Houllier stepped down from his role as technical director to the French Football Federation (FFF) yesterday to take up the Villa post.

"I am very happy and proud to join this great and historic club," the ex-Liverpool boss, in a media statement, said.

"It was a very difficult decision for me to leave the FFF, but I could not turn down the opportunity to manage a club whose approach, both on and off the pitch, I have long admired.

"Aston Villa is one of England's biggest clubs and has an amazing set of fans.

"This is a tremendous challenge and one I am very much looking forward to taking on."

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