Gerard Houllier (73) dies - Michael Owen, Jordan Henderson and Gary Linelar lead tributes to former Liverpool, Aston Villa and PSG boss

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager, Gerard Houllier, has passed away at the age of 73.
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Houllier managed Liverppol spent six years at Anfield from 1998 to 2004 during which he won the FA Cup (2000/01); League Cup (2000/01; 2002/03); Uefa Cup (2000/01); FA Charity Shield (2001) and Uefa Super Cup (2001).

The French born football manager went on to lead Lyon to back-to-back Ligue 1 championships in 2005/06 and 2006/07.

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Houllier passed away on December 14 after battling a long term heart condition.

Former Liverpool FC manager, Gerard Houllier.Former Liverpool FC manager, Gerard Houllier.
Former Liverpool FC manager, Gerard Houllier.

“A great man and a great manager. Liverpool will be forever grateful. Gérard Houllier - Repose en paix,” tweeted current Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson.

Former Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Real Madrid forward, Michael Owen, who played under Houllier at Liverpool, said he was “heartbroken”.

“Absolutely heartbroken to hear that my old boss, Gérard Houllier, has sadly passed away.

“A great manager and a genuinely caring man,” said Owen.

Match of the Day host and former England striker, Gary Lineker described Houliier as “one of football’s smartest, warmest and loveliest people”.