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Those who are looking for his head have the right to feel that want. They buy the tickets and can say what they want.
General Charles Krulak.
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Aston Villa fans were right to call for the head of manager Gerard Houllier, according to influential club director General Charles Krulak.
Houllier enraged the Midlands club's supporters with comments in the wake of Monday's 3-0 humbling at his former club Liverpool.
And while the Frenchman has attempted to clarify those remarks, there has been a noted lack of an apology.
Krulak, who is club owner Randy Lerner's right-hand man, was left baffled by Houllier's response, with the ex-Anfield manager coming under increasing pressure despite only being in the fledgling stages of his Villa Park career.
"What I don't know is what was going through his mind at the time - and neither does anyone else," he admitted.
"Nor am I able to truly understand what he was feeling before, during and after the game, feelings that led him to make the comments he did. I am not going to try to minimise what he said, make excuses.
"There is no denying what he said, it is there for all to see."
Villa have slipped down the table in recent weeks and are now just two points outside the drop zone ahead of Saturday's home meeting with local rivals West Brom.
And Krulak confirmed he has held discussions with the manager and Lerner to ensure the message of the fans' anger is being heard loud and clear.
He said: "Those who are looking for his head have the right to feel that want. They buy the tickets and can say what they want.
"I can assure you that I have passed on your thoughts to Randy, the board and to our manager."
Houllier should leave, his comments were distasteful to say the least, and has still not offered any kind of apology. I believe Houllier to have lost touch with football of today, and should go and retire in the southern part of france. Martin Jol is available Mr Learner and you should do it now!! before Houllier destroys it all and sells our best players to liverfool on the cheap.
Posted 12:40 9th December 2010
I miss the days of Martin O'Neill. We may have played the same team and some pretty dull football, but the table position spoke for iteself. MON was a genius and did an amazing job for this club. The baffling point for me is that Lerner told O'Neill that there was no money for players, but Houllier is already lining up his targets for January. Something isn't right, and as a Villa fan I would like to thank Houliier but send him on his way. Lerner needs to call O'Neill and offer him his job back. I would bet handsomely that we would climb the table in no time. At this rate I can see Ashley Young going to Spurs- he's too good for a relegation battle and I wouldn't blame him at all. Villa fans need to speak up about this lack of form of we'll all be watching Championship football next season- I don't like the though of that at all!
Posted 12:34 9th December 2010
I think that is a sign of Americans no understanding football and the loyalty Europeans have to there club. They are not Franchises, Houllier was just showing respect to his old employer and people who are still his fans. It makes complete sense that a life long Liverpool fan would prefer to loose against Liverpool than anyone else? Houllier is very ambitious and focused individual, he would not weak his team for Liverpool. I am sure the likes of Ron Atkinson or any other long term manager of Villa would say something similar if they returned to play there former club. Strange move by a board to publicly denounce their manager so early in his Villa career. Not very professional by Krulak? Or does he want him out? Poor Houllier what a load of rubbish hype. Let¿s judge him when he gets some players back and is not working with his youth team!!
Posted 12:28 9th December 2010
Get rid of " 1 up front " Houllier....never the right man in the first place ! Also give Dunne a long rest and bring Cuellar in !
Posted 11:52 9th December 2010
i think the villa fans have the right to be angry, he has liverpool in his veins, against man utd villa battled as hard as they could and were two nil up against us, against liverpool they did not want to know and that all comes down to the manager.
Posted 10:55 9th December 2010
Houllier is a great manager as he has shown in the past, he has been unlucky with injuries, when our team is fully fit we will be straight back in the top half. new signings are needed to bring more depth into this team
Posted 10:49 9th December 2010
Krulak has identified what passion and commitment to the club means from a fan's perspective. Sometimes he comes out with things you wouldn't expect to hear from a director (the comments about Blues a few months ago were funny but maybe not very politically correct for man in his position). But he's totally focused on Villa. The first thing GH needs to do is go out on the pitch before the game and try to reassure the Villa faithful that he is totally committed to Villa and not Liverpool. Then he needs to start getting things right on and off the pitch. I don't care what publicity stunt GH and John Carew did - I still think there is a feud there. He's already said Heskey will play on Saturday so I suspect Carew to not even make the bench and there to be some comment about a mystery injury to cover up their obvious dislike for each other. Mark my words JC will be shown the door by Houllier in January. His moaning about Ireland is also a worry, although to be fair Ireland's performances have been pretty abysmal since he joined us. But once the players feel they have no respect from the manager the rot quickly spreads. We had that with O Leary we don't want a repeat of it. We should stop playing a lone striker and play 4 4 2. The management and the players are talking the talk about getting it right - now they need to walk the walk and start putting it right - beginning this Saturday in a tough local derby against a very bouyant boing boing Baggies.
Posted 10:28 9th December 2010
Well done the General!!! Wasn't Mousier Houllier not long ago moaning at John Carew about going on about past glories??? Pot calling kettle black there I think? This is clearly not working, Houllier is not the answer, he had his time in the EPL years ago and he is no longer capable of being in a high-profile position. In his short time at my beloved AVFC, he has belittled most of the senior players at the club. You cant say he has brought the youngsters through because he had no other choice but to play for them with our injuries, luckily for us they seem to have a decent future with Villa. We are firmly in a relegation battle, I hope my fellow villa fans are not thinking "we're too big and good to go down" In his time, our record stands at 3 wins in 15 EPL games?? Hardly top 6 form is it? Say goodbye Houllier, pick up your retirement cheque and move back to the FFA and have a nice cosy job back in Paris. Au'Revoir the ex-Liverpool manager
Posted 10:21 9th December 2010
Mr Houllier is a disgrace with the comments he made about my club,at the liverpool game he is wrong man for the job, I went to Man U game and was very impressed with are young stars.In my opinion we need a manager like Jol or Dimatteo who can work within a budget and bring on the young players. West Brom will beat us if they continue with the form in which they beat EVERTON.Its clear that he has not got the backing of senior players.
Posted 10:08 9th December 2010
I don't know what all the fuss is about. Everyone knows about Houllier's love for Liverpool and the mutual respect between him and the fans. As a Liverpool fan living in the West Midlands and having a Villa supporting wife, I feel the fans are just looking for excuses - all the guy said is if you have to lose 3-0 he would prefer it to be to a team he respects - at least he didn't say he would prefer to lose to the Dingles or the Baggies or even to Birminham. Give the guy a break !!!
Posted 09:35 9th December 2010
The majority of Villa fans thought it was a mistake to appoint Gerrard Houllier as Manager and todate he has shown us nothing to indicate we were wrong! His conduct on Monday was embarrasing, humilating and a betrayal of the club that pays his wages. We need a young, long term, vibrant Manager, not him! The club should have stuck with KMac until Christmas and not had a knee jerk reaction to losing our most successful Manager in recent decades. We're now stuck with a passionless, weak and totally underwhelming Manager who will only damage our club, team and fans!
Posted 09:00 9th December 2010
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