Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Houllier to renew acquaintances

Gerard Houllier
Gerard Houllier

New Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier insists he has no problems working with the players he has managed previously who are now key figures at the midlands club.

Defender Stephen Warnock and keeper Brad Friedel were with Houllier at Liverpool and striker John Carew at Lyon. Warnock and Friedel did not receive many opportunities at Anfield while Carew was allowed to leave Lyon and join Villa by Houllier in a swap deal with Milan Baros.

"At Jamie Carragher's testimonial last weekend, I came across a few players that had left during my time there at Liverpool. There was not a problem and there will be no problem with the people here. We can work together," said Houllier.

"Stephen Warnock was too young (at Liverpool). I read something about that but he was too young.

"Brad, I got on very well with. Don't forget Brad had to leave. Brad came with Roy Evans and had to leave at the end of the season because unfortunately we couldn't renew his work permit.

"That is why I think he went to Turkey and then came back to England. He is a good goalkeeper, very good.

"I'm not surprised at how well he's done because he was a good goalkeeper. and that comes with experience.

"As for John Carew, he is an outstanding talent. He is extremely skilful. He can win you a game in an instant. I like the man. It is not a problem."

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