Belfast Telegraph

Houllier backed by Villa bosses

Gerard Houllier insists he still has the full support of Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner.

Houllier has come under fire from supporters who called for him to be sacked after the recent 1-0 home defeat by Wolves which left Villa just one point above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

But Houllier is adamant a close bond remains between himself, Lerner and Faulkner, and said: "I speak to Randy Lerner on a regular basis and I speak also to Paul Faulkner a minimum of once a day. We are very close and very tight together. We know what we are going through."

He added: "It is important to be in a club where there is a strong belief and the trust is there.

"I think their support for me is just as strong. In fact, I am convinced of that."

Houllier believes the club is unified in the battle to stay in the top flight but he has issued a warning to anyone not committed fully to Villa's cause.

He said: "I believe the club is unified. If someone is not with us and not giving more than 100%, he's got to leave because we won't make it.

"But I think we are all right and there is no problem.

"The spirit is good, we know where the land lies, we're not lying to ourselves, we are in a relegation battle, like others and we are aware of that.

"At the same time we have the quality and mentality to deal with that."

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