Gerard Houllier: May his soul rest in peace

Michael Adeshina

Gerard Houllier, Former Liverpool, Aston Villa, and France manager, has passed away at the age of 73.

Liverpool confirmed his death in a statement released on Monday.

“Liverpool FC is mourning the passing of former manager Gerard Houllier, aged 73.

“The Frenchman was in charge of the Reds for six seasons, leading his team to a historic and unforgettable treble of League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup in 2000-01 and returning the club to the Champions League.

“Houllier – who recovered from life-saving heart surgery during the 2001-02 campaign to return to the dugout – later guided Liverpool to a second League Cup triumph of his tenure in 2003 and departed the following year having overseen 307 matches and successfully re-established the club as a modern force.

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“Everybody at the club is deeply saddened by the loss of Gerard and our thoughts are with his family and friends,” the statement from Liverpool read.

Reacting to Houllier’s death, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said: “A great man and a great manager. Liverpool will be forever grateful.”