Gerard Houllier named international ambassador for S.League's Tampines
Singapore giants Tampines Rovers will have an even stronger Liverpool flavour this season after the appointment of former Reds' manager Gerard Houllier as the club's international ambassador.
This follows the January signing of ex-Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant, who has helped the S.League outfit make an impressive start to their 2016 campaign.
Houllier, 68, will offer Tampines help with youth development and advise them on how to develop local football.
"Singapore is a unique footballing nation and I am delighted to serve as an international ambassador to one of Singapore's leading football clubs," Houllier told The Straits Times.
"I hope I can provide some guidance to the Singapore football fraternity as a whole. Football is becoming increasingly international and it is useful to have an understanding of modern football trends."
Houllier was Liverpool's manager for six years and won a treble of trophies in 2001, including the UEFA Cup. More recently, he managed the Liverpool Legends in an exhibition game against the Australia Legends in Sydney in January.
He was also head coach of his national team, France, from 1992 to 1993 and guided the France U18 side to the European title in 1994.
Houllier, who won't have a day-to-day role with the club or influence first-team affairs under coach V. Sundramoorthy, will visit Singapore in September or December to conduct seminars for local coaches.
Last August, he was a special guest at an AFC coaches conference in Kuala Lumpur, alongside former Manchester United adversary, Carlos Queiroz, who worked as an assistant with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Tampines are currently second on the 2016 S.League table with a game in hand and have made a strong start to their AFC Cup campaign.