Sir Alex Ferguson has paid a heartfelt tribute to former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier, who has passed away at the age of 73.
The Frenchman was in charge of the ‘Reds’ for six years between 1998 and 2004 and won six trophies in total, including a cup treble in 2001.
“The news has come as a total shock this morning,” said Ferguson, a former Manchester United long-serving coach.
“Gerard Houllier was still a young man at the age of 73. Gerard became a really good friend during his time at Liverpool. We remained great friends after he left, and he was always a great ally to have.”
Prior to his successes with Liverpool, Houllier managed Ligue 1 sides Lens and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) before being appointed coach of the French national team.
After departing Anfield, he won two league titles with Lyon before a brief nine-month spell as Aston Villa boss brought his management career to an end.
“He had fantastic football knowledge which he gained during his extensive and varied career,” added Ferguson.
“When we saw each other at UEFA meetings or other events, we would often enjoy a chat, he was always great company, and I will miss him dearly. He was a true gentleman.
“It is a sad day for the football world and my thoughts are with his family at this desperately sad time.”
News of Houllier’s death has prompted tributes from across the football world, with former players and notable personalities from within the game paying their respects to him.
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By FARPost Reporter