Former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier tragically passed away this morning following heart surgery
Liverpool legend Gerard Houllier has tragically passed away this morning following heart surgery last month.
The Frenchman, who struggled with his health at points during his stints with Liverpool and Aston Villa, was a much-loved football figure.
According to Get French Football News, Houllier underwent aortic aneurysm surgery three weeks ago.
The former Lyon boss was discharged from his Paris hospital and returned home yesterday.
According to L’Équipe journalist, Vincent Duluc, Houllier sent a heartbreaking message to him last weekend, reading: “I am struggling, but I am going to come out of this.”
The football world is mourning and tributes were flooding in on social media.
“Shut the door to this 2020, please! RIP Gérard Houllier,” tweeted Guillem Balague.
“He was the first manager to open for me the doors to the other side, there where managers and players are themselves and where you discover how everything works.
“Have an eternal rest, my friend.”
Gary Lineker wrote: “Oh no! Gerard Houllier has passed away. One of football’s smartest, warmest and loveliest people.”
Houllier became joint first-team manager of the Liverpool together with Roy Evans back in 1998, and became sole manager in November of the same year.
He went on to guide the club to FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup glory before leaving the club in 2004 as Rafael Benitez led the club to a Champions League triumph.
He went on to manage Lyon in 2005 before leaving in 2007.
Following another three year break, he returned to England with Aston Villa, but left after one season.
Houllier was awarded the Légion d’honneur for his services to French football, and an honorary OBE for services to British football