Date: 10th September 2010 at 5:17pm
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Gerard Houllier has said today in his press conference that Kevin MacDonald has declined the opportunity to work within his first team coaching staff.

Instead of our reserve managing wonder will be happily going back to his former job once his stint as caretaker manager is over, laying to rest all concerns of him leaving the club following the appointment of the new man.

MacDonald will still be charge for the Stoke clash on Monday whilst Hoooolier dots the eyes and crosses the tees of his resignation from the FFF. Depending on how those resignation negotiations go Hooooolies will definitely be at Villa Park for the Bolton game, and will be aiming to take up the reigns for the visit of Blackburn.

Clearly, MacDonald staying in the role until Hoooolies can take charge properly, and then agreeing to go back to his former role shows there is no bad blood within the club and who knows, maybe Mac will change his mind and become more involved with the first team again over time.

Houllier admitted disappointment that he wouldn’t be working directly with MacDonald, so I suspect the door will always be open should he change his mind.

‘Joint management doesn’t work, but in some capacity as assistant manager he would have been helpful. He could also have maybe learnt the trade and, who knows, taken over from me.

‘But I understand his decision, he’s a nice bloke, I told him I’d like him to stay at the club.’

Maybe MacDonald just wants some space again now having been thrust into the limelight, but his experience of the club and the players especially I’m sure will be tapped into by Hooolies even though Mac will be returning to the second string.

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