Select a Team

Prev Game: Barclays Premier League Sat 29th Aug

prev game - Aston Villa
team 1 score team 2
A Villa 2 - 2 S'land

Next Game: Barclays Premier League Sun 13th Sep

next game - Aston Villa
team 1 score team 2
Leicester 16:00 A Villa

Houllier admits Owen interest

New Villa boss keen on reunion with former England forward

Last Updated: 16/09/10 12:44pm

  • Share:
Houllier: With Owen at Liverpool

Houllier: With Owen at Liverpool

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

New Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has confirmed his interest in working with Michael Owen again.

SKY SPORTS ON SKY There's more live football on Sky Sports than ever before, including the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, England away Euro 2012 qualifiers and La Liga. With four live Sky Sports channels, as well as Sky Sports News, you'll never miss a moment on Sky. Click here for more.

"He has always been in my thoughts."
Gerard Houllier on Michael Owen. Quotes of the week

Houllier, who will officially begin work at Villa Park next week, has been linked with a swoop for the Manchester United forward after sealing his own switch back to England.

The French tactician worked with the former England striker for six years during their time together at Liverpool and the new Villa chief has not dismissed the chances of a reunion.

"He has always been in my thoughts," Houllier Canal+.

"I like him (Owen), as a player and a man."

Houllier also dismissed suggestions that Owen, 30, was no longer capable of producing goals at Premier League level.

"I went to Liverpool on September 4 for Jamie Carragher's testimonial, and I saw Michael play a half of football," he said.

"He still has the legs for it."

Future

Houllier's comments come on the same day as Owen revealed that he could be growing increasingly discontented with life on the bench at Old Trafford.

"You can only do your best and prepare and train well, so that you are ready when the manager calls on you," said Owen.

"After that, it's up to the manager who he chooses.

"It sounds easy, but probably the most difficult thing is not playing for a couple of weeks and then all of a sudden getting called up and being mentally and physically right to perform well.

"At the end of the season, I'll look and think, 'Was I happy with the amount of games I was available for?', 'Did I score enough goals in the games when I played?' and 'Did I play well enough in those games?'

"You look at highlights of the season, did we win anything, things like that. But I wouldn't put any goal or appearance totals out there because, at a club like this, you never know when the manager is going to use you."

  • Share:

Related

Related Profiles

Most Popular

Features

Saturday stats

Saturday stats

We round up the best stats and facts from Saturday's Premier League games.

How a transfer works

How a transfer works

From the scouting to the signing, here's how a transfer happens, as told by those on the inside...

No home advantage?

No home advantage?

There have been only six home wins in the 30 Premier League games played so far this season.

Missing Men

Play Missing Men

Aston Villa

Villa's win at Everton in 2008