Former football manager of Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain FC, Gerard Houllier is currently Global Sporting Director for the New York Red Bulls. With his focus and unparalleled knowledge of the game, combined with his charming demeanour, Gerard is an after dinner speaker, motivator and communicator of the highest calibre.
One of the UK’s best loved former football managers, Gerard Houllier, famously of Liverpool FC, is currently Global Sporting Director for the New York Red Bulls.
He was previously Manager of France’s international team; of Paris Saint-Germain; RC Lens; Olympique Lyonnais, and Aston Villa.
His sense of purpose and driven focus, as well as his charming demeanour and his unparalleled knowledge of the game, make Gerard an after dinner speaker, motivator and communicator of the highest calibre.
Gerard had a relationship with Liverpool before his football involvement. In the ‘60’s he worked as a language assistant at a local school, so when he was offered the job as football manager. He felt he was ‘coming home.’
After his stint in education, he moved back to France, where, as a 26-year-old, he became player-coach at Le Touquet.
He then moved on to become youth coach at Arras before becoming head coach at Noeux Les Mines, a team he guided into the French Second Division courtesy of two consecutive promotions.
His success continued when he took over at Lens, where he guided the club to promotion as well as earning them qualification into the Uefa Cup.
In 1986 Paris St. Germain won the French league under Gerard’s watchful eye, which was to be his last post before International management.
His first job with the French team was as technical director, and eventually as assistant to national team coach Michel Platini. Gerard was then promoted to national team manager – a short lived position as France failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup.
He continued as technical director and masterminded France's European under-18's championship success in 1996 before playing a key role in France's 1998 World Cup victory.
In 1998 he made the move to Liverpool, drawn in by the electric atmosphere and passion of the fans. In 2001 Gerard’s Liverpool won the unique treble, still considered the finest moment in the club’s illustrious history.
In October 2001 Gerard fell ill during a match and was rushed to hospital for an emergency heart operation. He returned five months later until 2004 when Rafa Benitez took over.
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