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Former Manager of Liverpool Football Club
Gérard Houllier OBE was National Technical Director of the French World Cup Winning Team of 1998. He was the Manager of Liverpool Football Club from 1998-2004 and in 2005 he became the Manager of French Champions Lyon. He worked as number two to the National French Team Head Coach, Michel Platini, for the European Championship of 1988 and 1992, later progressing to Head Coach of France. In September 2010 it was announced that he was appointed the new manager of Aston Villa FC.
In 2001 under his leadership, Liverpool became the first club to win three knock-out competitions in one season. He is one of the most respected management figures in world football and one of the most knowledgeable people in the game. He was awarded an OBE in 2003. Having stepped down at the end of 2006/07, he returned to the FFF to pick up where he had left off almost ten years previously, once again assuming the role of technical director.
He was also the Manager of Lens from 1982-1985, earning UEFA Cup qualification. Gérard was Manager of Paris St. Germain from 1985-1986, winning the French Championship in 1986. Houllier has been awarded the Légion d′Honneur for his services to French football, and an honorary OBE for services to British football.
An excellent speaker, Gérard has contributed to conferences and events all around Europe talking with authority about his experience in the high pressure of coaching high level football teams. He will bring all of his experience together in his speech ‘Key Ingredients for a Winning Team’.