Aston Villa

Houllier Gets The Green Light From Mancini – West Ham See Red

Since the departure of Martin O’Neil, Aston Villa FC has been been in free~fall.

Their current manager Gerard Houllier has won just five games since taking over in September 2010. His win ratio lies at 26% and many Villains have been calling for his head.

Houllier has just signed Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker on loan until the end of the season after the youngster impressed for QPR this season. He is set to have a bright future in the game and with an injury to Luke Young, he may start against Sheffield United at the weekend.

The Villa boss is now keen to bring in Wayne Bridge as Stephen Warnock’s performances of late have been mediocre and he has been left to warm the bench in the last couple of games. It’s obvious Bridge is unhappy at Manchester City especially since the arrival of Aleksandar Kolarov from Lazio and Jerome Boateng for Hamburg.

West Ham enquired for the Englishman but were told by City chiefs to: “get lost”.

They have leaked a lot of sloppy goals this season but if you look at the squad available to Houllier it is hard to see why. Richard Dunne, James Collins and Carlos Cuellar are three terrific centre backs and Stephen Warnock was the second choice England left-back for the World Cup 2010.

Gerard Houllier is on the brink of the sack but he can change things around because of the resources available to him. With the likes of Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, Stiliyan Petrov and all these youngsters such as Marc Albrighton, Barry Bannan and Eric Lichaj; Aston Villa have a squad who should be challenging for Europe.

He needs to sort things out and quickly otherwise he will be next to go in a season which has seen many managers getting the boot as Roy Keane experienced today (Friday) at Ipswich Town.

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