Saturday, 11th December 2010

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has apologised if he upset the club’s fans with his remarks and actions at Liverpool. Villa visited Anfield in the Premier League last Monday, succumbing to a 3-0 defeat. But it was remarks Houllier made after the game which seemed to disappoint the travelling fans more than the side’s performance.

The Frenchman, who coached Liverpool between 1998 and 2004, suffering heart trouble while on Merseyside, said that if he were to lose 3-0 to any side then he would rather it be to his old club. This, combined with Houllier being spotted touching the "This Is Anfield" sign before walking onto the pitch, caused many Villa fans to express their disappointment with his display.

"If I hurt the fans, I am sorry, because that was not the goal", said Houllier. "I just said it with humour and I was hurt as much as they are. There is also the story of the tunnel. I did this for six years because this is where I was sick and it meant something."


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