Instead caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald will take control for his final game ‘in charge’ of Villa. Houllier has organised a meeting between the two to share his opinions, or give his orders, ahead of the fixture, as well as discuss long-term plans for the side.
Stoke play hosts to Villa on Monday night, therefore it’s surprising that what are believed to be minute details of Houllier’s contract can’t be sorted out in time for the fixture. Regardless of whether Houllier is in the dugout or not, it is more than likely that the chosen team and tactics for the Stoke game will be done so by the ‘future’ Villa boss.
Fans will no doubt anticipate the announcement of their new manager, and they’ll have to hold their excitement for another week when the former Liverpool manager officially takes charge in Villa’s home game to Bolton. Houllier has expressed his discontent for the delays and has outlined his desire to return to a Premiership dugout:
“It was really starting to tickle me. I wanted to go back pitch-side.
“I had, of course, other proposals but this one seemed to be the most interesting in terms of working conditions and environment.
“Aston Villa is not a club on the same level as Liverpool, let’s be objective and honest.
“It’s a club that according to me has belonged between seventh and 12th place in the Premier League.
“But, above all, it’s a historic club which has won the European Cup. It’s a club which has got good infrastructure and a fine team which is after one thing – to improve year on year.”
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