Aston Villa’s tedious managerial saga is set to come to an end, after Gérard Houllier was offered the post at Villa Park today.
Caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald had been the favourite to take the job on a permanent basis, but following a 6-0 hammering at Newcastle, and a spineless European exit, Randy Lerner has opted to take on someone with a little experience of being a first-team manager.
Unfortunately, of the readily available managers in for the job, most tended to be comedy characters within the game: coke-addict Maradona and cash-addict Sven, for instance.
In the end, Lerner settled for shit signing-addict Houllier. Although this sort of works out, because Lerner surely waited until September so that his appointment couldn’t kick up a fuss about transfers.
So Villa will not, unfortunately for everybody else in the footballing community, be welcoming the 2010 equivalents of Titi Camara, Djimi Traoré, Igor Bišćan or Bruno Cheyrou.
Not until January at least, anyway. And the World Cup has passed as well, so there can be no overpriced WC players showing up either, a la the transfer kitty-draining signings of Diouf and Diao for Liverpool in 2002.
Reportedly, the news hasn’t gone down brilliantly in the Villa dressing room. The unhappy players? Brad Friedel and Stephen Warnock, both of whom played under the former France boss at Liverpool. Interesting.
I’m not giving him due credit, really. He did win the Mickey Mouse treble with Liverpool in 2001, after all. But he’s a character that sort of epitomised a disappointing few years for Liverpool, amidst a series of horrendously under-performing signings.
And, for that reason, I’d love to welcome him back to the Premiership. Villa hope to bring him in within 48 hours. Here’s hoping.
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