Treble-winning Former Liverpool Coach Gérard Houllier Dies, Aged 73

Former Liverpool and France manager Gérard Houllier has died at the age of 73.

Houllier had undergone heart surgery in Paris, France before his death.

Liverpool issued a statement in recognition of the manager who led them to the FA Cup, League Cup and Uefa Cup treble in 2000/01. The club said on Twitter:

We are mourning the passing of our treble-winning manager, Gérard Houllier. The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Gerard’s family and many friends. Rest in peace, Gérard Houllier 1947-2020.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who is now a football pundit with Sky, wrote on Twitter:

Absolutely devastated by the news about Gérard Houllier, I was in touch with him only last month to arrange him coming to Liverpool. Loved that man to bits, he changed me as a person & as a player & got @LFC back winning trophies. RIP Boss.

Another Liverpool legend, Michael Owen, who was part of the Liverpool side that won the treble in 2001 tweeted:

Absolutely heartbroken to hear that my old boss, Gérard Houllier, has sadly passed away. A great manager and a genuinely caring man.

Houllier had had a long history of medical problems and had heart surgery in 2001 after falling ill while managing Liverpool against Leeds United.

After a spell back in his homeland with Lyon, Houllier went on to manage Aston Villa for one season before working as a consultant for Red Bull’s football network.

Aston Villa also paid tribute to the late Houllier. The club said in a statement:

All at Aston Villa are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gérard Houllier, our manager during the 2010/11 season. Our thoughts are with Gérard’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.

More: The Guardian

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