Previous
Switzerland
United States
1
1
LIVE 83'
Game Details
Italy
England
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Netherlands
Spain
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Israel
Belgium
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Portugal
Cape Verde Islands
7:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Mexico
Paraguay
ESPN2 1:00 AM GMT Apr 1, 2015
Game Details
Ecuador
Argentina
12:00 AM GMT Apr 1, 2015
Game Details
Next

Mignolet needs a strong backup

Liverpool
Read

Five things to watch vs. Paraguay

Mexico
Read
By ESPN Staff

Villa await Houllier acceptance

Aston Villa hope to appoint Gerard Houllier as successor to Martin O'Neill in the next 48 hours.

Houllier is spending the weekend deciding whether to return to Premier League management after a six-year absence. He has emerged as the number one option for Villa owner Randy Lerner, who is keen to make an appointment sooner rather than later.

Houllier was interviewed for the post last week along with the likes of caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald and former West Ham boss Alan Curbishley.

The indications are that former Liverpool boss Houllier would not be against joining Villa in a traditional managerial type of role, but reserve team chief MacDonald's coaching skills are highly rated by Lerner - and the Villa players - and he could have a role with the first team.

Houllier gave little away on his future when questioned after attending Jamie Carragher's testimonial at Anfield on Saturday.

He is currently France's technical director but has come under fire after their disappointing World Cup campaign and may welcome a change.

There have been question marks raised over Houllier's health after he suffered heart problems during the latter part of his time with Liverpool, but he has apparently assured Villa they would have no cause for concern in this direction.

Lerner wants to bring a new manager in sooner rather than later to give them time with the players when they return from international duty before the match at Stoke on September 13.

Houllier, who was 63 last week, left Anfield six years ago and has been employed as his country's technical director since parting company with Lyon in 2007. He led the Reds to a UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup treble in 2001.

Villa believe he has the resume to keep them progressing in the right direction after three successive top-six finishes in the Premier League. Houllier also enjoyed title success with Paris St Germain and spent a decade overseeing the development of French football before moving to Liverpool.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.