Football: Ex-Liverpool manager, Gerard Houllier Passes Away at 73

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Gerard Houllier, a Former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager, Gerard Houllier, has died at the age of 73.

The French International spent six years at Anfield, passed away days after heart surgery, L’Equipe reports.

Gerard also played for Paris Saint-Germain, Lens and Liverpool, with whom he won the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 2001. He then guided Olympique Lyonnais to two French titles, before announcing his resignation on 25 May 2007.

Match of the Day presenter, Gary Lineker, has paid tribute to Houllier on Twitter.

He wrote: “Oh no! Gerard Houllier has passed away. One of football’s smartest, warmest and loveliest people.”

In a statement, Liverpool said they were “deeply saddened” by Houllier’s death.

“We are mourning the passing of our treble-winning manager, Gerard Houllier,” the club said.

“The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Gerard’s family and many friends.”

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.

“Our thoughts are with Gerard’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.”

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