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Gerard Houllier factfile

Lowdown on Aston Villa's new manager

1947: Born September 3, Lille.

Never plays football professionally but works as an English teacher while playing for, and then coaching, local amateur side Le Touquet in the 1970s.

1979: Takes over as coach of Noeux les Mines, then in the fifth tier of French football. Made his mark by leading them into the second division in three successive promotions.

1982: Becomes manager of Lens, guiding them into European competition.

1985: Takes over at Paris St Germain, whom he leads to the French title in 1986.

1988: After failing to repeat his early success, leaves PSG to take a coaching position in the French national set-up. Becomes assistant to Michel Platini.

1990: Takes on technical director role with French Football Federation. Enjoys success in guiding French Under-18 side to victory in European Championships.

1992: Succeeds Platini as national coach.

1994: Resigns after France fail to qualify for the 1994 World Cup finals. Continues in technical director role while also working alongside new coach Aime Jacquet.

1998: A member of FIFA's technical study group at World Cup.

July - Appointed joint team manager of Liverpool with Roy Evans.

November - Confirmed as sole manager of Liverpool with Evans leaving by mutual agreement.

2001: February - Liverpool beat Birmingham on penalties to win the Worthington Cup after a 1-1 draw after extra-time at the Millennium Stadium.

May - Liverpool win the FA Cup, coming from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 thanks to two late goals from Michael Owen. The Reds complete a cup treble by winning the UEFA Cup, beating Alaves 5-4 in extra-time in Dortmund and qualify for the Champions League by finishing third in the Premiership.

October 13 - Houllier taken to hospital where he has open heart surgery after suffering from chest pains during the home match against Leeds. He is discharged on November 1.

2003: The Merseysiders win the League Cup by beating Manchester United in the final, but finish fifth in the league, 19 points behind their rivals and fail to qualify for the Champions League.

June 12 - Announcement Houllier will receive an honorary OBE in Queen's Birthday honours list.

2004: March - Days after graffiti is daubed on the walls of Liverpool's training good demanding Houllier's resignation, the Frenchman reveals he received a death threat prior to the Portsmouth match. Liverpool are knocked out of UEFA Cup by Marseille.

May 24 - Liverpool announce they have parted company with Houllier after finishing fourth, 30 points behind champions Arsenal. .

2005: May 29 - Appointed manager of Lyon on a two-year contract.

2006: Guides Lyon to title in his first season in charge but they exit Champions League at quarter-final stages at AC Milan.

2007: Houllier wins a second successive championship, but the French side are knocked out of the Champions League at the second round stage by Roma.

May 25 - Steps down as Lyon manager after two seasons in charge, but immediately denies links to Manchester City and Dynamo Kiev.

September 14 - Named technical director by the France Football Federation (FFF).

October 25 - Says he would be interested in a return to international management, prompting speculation linking him with England, Republic of Ireland and South Korea.

2008: January 14 - FFF confirm they would be prepared to release him from his contract to take charge of Newcastle, but speculation comes to nothing.

April 16 - FFF deny reports Houllier is to leave for Hamburg.

June 27 - Angrily rejects claims he is to take charge of Czech Republic.

2010: September 8 - Appointed Aston Villa manager with immediate effect.

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