Ok, so… more on the manager situation, surprise surprise.
www.talksport.co.uk have an interview with French football correspondent Phillippe Auclair.
Full quotes www.talksport.co.uk with the link to the Football First show.
Basically the correspondent confirms he has spoken with supposed target Gerard Houllier who confirmed there had been contact with Villa and that Villa were interested in him as manager.
However it doesn’t look a done deal at all… which is how some press are reporting it.
‘It seems that it`s not a done deal there are other candidates for the job and I don`t think there will be a decision taken in the next 24 to 48 hours as we thought originally. It`s going to take a little bit longer than that so we might have to wait until Thursday or Friday before we know who is the new Aston Villa manager.’
So… more of a wait and not necessarily Houllier as the end result. I’d rather wait and get the right man whoever it is.
Worryingly Auclair also says that he wants to get away from the criticism he has been getting in France over his role in the French set up and their woeful World Cup.
On a positive note… ‘He loves English football he genuinely has a passion for English football it`s the football he feels closest to. He feels that he really belongs here and this is his proper football home rather than France.’
http://www.francefootball.fr/FF/breves2010/20100905_185454_houllier-confirme.html reports…. (loose google translation) that he has been contacted by Villa. They say he would be after the manager role not a director of football role.
The report also says Dutchman Ronald Koeman and also Alan Curbishley are also still in the running.
Ok, so poll time… ahem!
Kouman, Houllier or Curbishley?
Clamour For Kevin MacDonald As Manager?
Who Next – The Bookies Odds Game Begins
David Moyes Rules Himself Out Of Villa Job
Bob Bradley The Bookies Favourite As Villa Boss?
Sven Throws His Hat Into The Ring?
Is Kevin MacDonald The Right Man For The Job?
Who Do You Want As The Next Manager?
Sven NOT About To Be Appointed
The Aston Villa Manager Search Rumours!
AVFC Manager Speculation Continues !
Manager Merry Go Round – Latest MON Replacements?
Kevin MacDonald – Better Off Where He Is?
Aston Villa – Next Manager Gossip!
80% Say Yes to Kevin MacDonald
Ronald Koeman Wants In! Manager Talk
Manager Talk: Does Big Mac Want The Job At Villa?
Kevin MacDonald Still Unsure If He Wants Villa Job
Manager Potential – Bob Bradley
USA Coach Bob Bradley Wants Villa Job… Gulp
Villa Transfer Links & Manager Talk
LOL.. Manager NOT About To Be Announced + Big Mac
Koeman Wants To Lead Villa To The Holy Land
Big Mac Sure Villa Have Loads Interested In Job
Wow… Some Major Manager Links To Villa Today
Moyes, Allardyce, Hughes, McLeish All Linked!
Big Mac Poll Results
Big Mac Wants To Be Considered – Official
Are Villa In Danger Of Losing Big Mac?
Villa Rule Out Some Favourites
So Now The Press Say Houllier But No Sven!
General Krulak On Manager Search & Villa Fan Plea
Teenage Mutant Turtle Linked To Villa Job?
A Revolting Manager Selection At Villa?
Gerard Houllier – NOT A Done Deal For Villa
Some interesting threads in the forums with reference to managers:
Curbishley: Click Here
Houllier: Click Here
Jol: Click Here
PL managers with experience: Click Here
(All contain strong views/adult language)