Former Liverpool and France supervisor Gerard Houllier has died, based on French media.
The 73-year-old, who additionally managed Aston Villa, Olympique Lyonnais and Paris St Germain, handed away after having a coronary heart operation in Paris, L’Equipe stated.
Former England striker Michael Owen, who performed underneath Houllier at Liverpool, wrote on Twitter: “Completely heartbroken to listen to that my outdated boss, Gérard Houllier, has sadly handed away. An incredible supervisor and a genuinely caring man.”
Gary Lineker, who performed for Merseyside rivals, Everton, known as him one of many “smartest, warmest and loveliest folks in soccer”.
Sky Sports activities pundit Jamie Carragher, stated on Twitter he had contact with Houllier, who he “cherished to bits”, final month and was “devastated” on the passing of a person who modified his sport and the membership.
Liverpool’s report objective scorer Ian Rush known as him “a real gentleman”.
Completely devastated by the information about Gerard Houllier, I used to be in contact with him solely final month to rearrange him coming to Liverpool. Liked that man to bits, he modified me as an individual & as a participant & acquired @LFC again successful trophies. RIP Boss. 💔
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) December 14, 2020
The Frenchman, who had a protracted historical past of coronary heart issues, initially joined the membership as a joint supervisor with Roy Evans in 1998, a weird experiment that proved unsuccessful.
In November that yr, Evans left the membership and Houllier took sole cost of the staff.
His lasting achievement got here in 2001, when the Reds received a treble of League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup (now the Europa League) in addition to ending third within the Premier League.
However just some months later, in October, he was taken in poor health at a sport with Leeds and rushed to hospital for an emergency operation after docs found he had a coronary heart situation referred to as an aortic dissection.
He returned to the dugout 5 months later and guided the facet to second within the league, on the time their highest end.
Nonetheless, he was sacked in 2004 after failing to construct on the progress he had made.
Earlier than his time at Anfield, he managed the French nationwide facet.
Appointed in 1992, he stop the next yr after failing to get the staff to the 1994 world cup finals, regardless of having abilities similar to Eric Cantona and David Ginola at his disposal.
Previous to that, he began in youth degree teaching in France earlier than taking Paris St Germain to the French league title in 1986, a yr after being appointed, and later turning into France’s technical director.