Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has Gerard Houllier as one of the managers on his candidate list, to take over the reigns at Newcastle United. We should know within the next 24 hours if Gerard is high on the list.
Gerard Houllier – seems to tick all the boxes for Newcastle
Gerard Houllier is currently at the French Football Federation (FFF) as their technical director, and would be free to join Newcastle United if they wanted him. Mike has also been told by the FFF they would not stand in his way if Gerard Houllier is the man Mike wants as Newcastle manager.
FFF president Jean-Pierre Escalette told the Daily Express today:
“I would not stand in Gerard’s way if there was something else he wanted to do. I am not surprised he gets offers,”
“He turned one or two down to rejoin us and they were better financially than we could offer him.”
The former Liverpool and Lyon manager has emerged as one of the favorites for the Newcastle post in the last 48 hours, and is currently 4th in the betting behind Kevin Keegan, Mark Hughes and Alan Shearer â€“ at William Hillâ€™s sports betting.
Gerard has had very good records at his last two clubs, Liverpool and Lyon, but one caution has to be his health. He did have some heart problems when he was at Liverpool, and presumably Ashley would need to be ensured Gerardâ€™s health was good enough for the job. The Newcastle manager position is a strain on any manager’s heart, let’s be clear about that.
Gerard’s record at Liverpool, which he started as joint manager with Roy Evans in 1998 and ended in 2004 was as follows:
Played Won Lost Drawn
291 148 74 69
He won the League Cup twice, the FA Cup, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup, while at Liverpool for 6 years, and had a 51% winning record.
The time is now coming when we should get some indication of who is at the top of Mike Ashley’s list of candidates, and we would hope to get some clues today. 😀
But right now everybody is just waiting on Newcastle making their move.