Gerard Houllier Passes Away

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has passed away aged 73.

The Frenchman was in charge of the Anfield club between 1998 and 2004 where he won the FA Cup, two League Cups, a UEFA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup. He was also manager of PSG as the club won their first ever league title in 1986 and coached Lyon to two Ligue 1 titles between 2005 and 2007.

While he is fondly remembered at Liverpool for his trophies, many fans remember more how he ushered them into the new era football with his approach towards young players.

He famously replaced Sami Hyypia as captain, while keeping him as a key figure in the team, to give a young Steven Gerrard the captain’s armband.

While he first joined as the co-manager with Roy Evans, he eventually took sole charge and led a huge overhaul of the club. He sold several older players at the club and replaced them with younger talent, while also moved the club towards a more modern approach on the pitch. He had a brief stint in charge of Aston Villa too.

Liverpool legends and fans have reacted to the news, showing just how much he touched their club during his time on Merseyside.

Rest in peace to a legendary manager and a great man.

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