Gerard leaves Villa role

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Aston Villa have confirmed the departure of Gerard Houllier as manager after nine months in charge of the midlands club.

Houllier is parting company with Villa because of concerns over his health after his recent heart problems.

It has been common knowledge for 24 hours that Houllier’s reign was coming to an end after he underwent further medical tests before the weekend.

Villa will now step up their search to find a replacement for Houllier, with Fulham’s Mark Hughes an early frontrunner. Houllier was unable to take charge of team affairs for the final five games of the season and doctors have advised that he rests.