Gerard Houllier’s first pre match comments today were standard stuff really with no shocks at all. Any Villa fan reading them would be reassured to read hat he has about the backroom staff and the change of training methods which were said to have got very stale under MON. So like any new manager he will get a chance to prove himself but we should not think things will change that much over the next 8 months. For sure he has little room in which to move and in all likelihood he has what he has for the remaining games.
So when you look at the comments below these could have easily come from the mouth of MON over the past 2 years and guess what, I agree with every word.
“I know it will take time to implement and be accepted. But you come with your philosophies and your beliefs and you just try to convince the players to do it.
“The first mission is to get results and the second mission is to be entertaining.
“At the top level you have to have an entertaining game for TV, spectators, fans. They want the effort and nice fluid football.
“That will take some time but it would be nice to do that.”
I have no doubt that Houllier’s style based on what we saw for 6 years at Liverpool will be wholly based on defence first, Just look at his two most successful signings, Hyppia and Hamman obviously both defensively minded. At Villa he already has the tools for the defence, we should no longer see the bad defending we saw under KM and get more to like it was under MON. He likes to play with narrower players but we do not have the wide men for that but maybe Downing could be pushed further inside ?
For the next 10 games for confidence and league positions, all that matters are the results, those fans expecting exciting fluent passing football had better re-adjust their expectation levels. Houllier has told us as much and he has stated what his priority is and that should not shock anyone who watched the Liverpool of his reign.