Gerard Houiller: 1947 – 2020

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has died at the age of 73.

The Frenchman managed the Reds from 1998-2004 and led them to five major trophies, including the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2000-01.

In a statement, Liverpool said they were “deeply saddened” by Houllier’s death.

“We are mourning the passing of our treble-winning manager, Gerard Houllier,” the club said. “The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Gerard’s family and many friends.”

In 1998, he took charge of Liverpool as joint manager alongside Roy Evans.

Houiller took sole charge three months later after Evans resigned, moulding the team his way which led up to the hugely successful 2000-2001 season.

In October 2001, he had open heart surgery after suffering from chest pains during a home match against Leeds before leaving in May 2004.

Houiller gave most of us our first taste of the ‘good old days’, he kept us relevant and helped drag the club into the modern era of football. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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