Gérard Houllier, former Liverpool and France manager, has died aged 73, after having a heart operation in Paris. “We are mourning the passing of our treble-winning manager, Gérard Houllier,” Liverpool said on Twitter. The club also posted a lengthy tribute on its website, calling Houllier a “revolutionary and vital figure in Liverpool’s modern history”.Houllier also managed Aston Villa, Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon) and Paris St Germain (PSG). Aston Villa said: “All at Aston Villa are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gerard Houllier, our manager during the 2010-11 season.
Houllier had had a long history of medical problems and had heart surgery in 2001 after falling ill while managing Liverpool against Leeds United. Former England striker Michael Owen, who played under Houllier at Liverpool, wrote on Twitter: “Absolutely heartbroken to hear that my old boss, Gerard Houllier, has sadly passed away. A great manager and a genuinely caring man.” “The heart is fine, strong, but the arteries are my weak point and stress can expose that weakness,” Houllier said at one point about his health. Football world pays tribute, many Premier League teams tweeting their condolences, including Tottenham, West Ham, Manchester United and Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton.