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Gerard Houllier hits back at Steve Bruce in Darren Bent row

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier will lose no sleep over Steve Bruce's verbal outburst against him regarding the transfer of Darren Bent — and has accused the Sunderland boss of being ungracious.

Houllier came out all guns blazing in response to Bruce's attack over the way he acted during the sale of Bent to Villa for a club record £18million.

He defended his stance in making no personal contact with Bruce while the transfer was being conducted.

And Houllier is adamant Villa, who host Manchester City today (5.30), acted in a proper manner throughout the transaction.

He said: “I like Steve Bruce. I think he is a good manager. He is doing a good job.

“I think he was not too gracious to me but that's life. It is not going to prevent me from sleeping, I can tell you that.

“If we had done something wrong, I would say 'hands up' but we have behaved in a very proper way. “If I call Steve and say 'I want his player' he will go vocal and go public and it will be even worse.

“You contact a manager when you want a player on loan sometimes. A lot of fellow managers call me if they want loans.

“This is the life of football. It makes me laugh more than anything else.”

Houllier also hit out at Blackpool boss Ian Holloway's comments over Villa's attempts to sign midfielder Charlie Adam.

He said: “It's the same with Ian Holloway. We did things right with Blackpool.

“We went straight to the club, we were quiet, we said nothing and finally it comes out in the press but not from Aston Villa.

“He said we were insulting them. We made a bid, they said no and we respect that.

“But there is no point in being vocal and saying we were insulting them and insulting the player. They are insulting us but we don't want to go on about it.”

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