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For the last time as LFC boss, Gerard Houllier sat down to speak to lfc.tv. Clearly emotional on what he admits is his saddest day in football, Houllier spoke of his time in charge at Anfield and also of his hopes for the future. More
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Interview with Gerard Houllier by Paul McCarthy. Published on 11 February 2001.More
As Gerard Houllier prepared to return to Anfield for the first time as an opposition manager, the Official Liverpool website took a look back at his six-year Liverpool tenure in numbers. Authors: James Carroll and Ged Rea.More
"The players country is Liverpool Football Club and their language is football."
Gerard told me at the end of our time: 'Phil, if you ever go to another football club in your work, first thing you must do, because you run the club, is to think: 'What is your legacy?' We changed the face of the football club from being on the front pages and took it to the back pages again. We were a proper football club again. We brought the club back from the players. We left one of the best training grounds in Europe. New people who come in will say: 'What a good job they did' and we did.
In the Liverpool Echo when we finished they had: '10 million pounds of cost to get rid of us.' They had pictures of us in the newspaper like we were criminals. That was absolutely dreadful. We put the smiles back on the faces of the Liverpool fans. We had the first European final for many years. People had only heard of the legends of European finals. We beat Manchester United in the League cup. That wasn't anything to be sniffed at. We had a wonderful day down at Cardiff. Over the few years we were there we gave some fantastic times. We were going down to Cardiff on a regular basis so it wasn't a failure. We were a part of the history of the club. We came, we served, we left. The club needs to move on. If people think that we took the club as far as we can, no problem, maybe it was."
Phil Thompson on his time with Houllier in an exclusive interview with LFChistory.net
"At Liverpool, I was lucky enough to be playing for a great club but unfortunately things didn't go well with Gerard Houllier. The memories I have from Anfield will stay with me right until my final days.
It's not that I lacked ambition. The first season went very well, but after that Gerard Houllier wanted to stop me playing for Guinea. He wasn't happy when I left and when I got back, he decided to sideline me. It was sad for the fans, because I'd given quite a lot to Liverpool and I'd also learned a lot from Liverpool in return.
That's part of a footballer's life. There are times when a coach decides a footballer's fate and it's sad."
Camara in 2004
"Technically, I thought Gerard was brilliant. Melwood, the training ground, is like a five-star hotel and it is all due to him. He said 'I want this there, that there, I want the swimming pool'. We've got the lot there but tactically, I just don't know. I went to a lot of the games at home and I wasn't too pleased at what I saw and obviously something had to happen."
Yeats' post-Houllier analysis
"Houllier did a lot of work - he built a great training centre. He was much appreciated by the Englishmen and I can see why. But a lot of the French players didn't have a chance to play and express themselves. We had to work twice as hard to play. So, I have a mixed view on Houllier. Today I proved that it is not down to him that I was there - I deserve to play for Reds. Personally, in the end, I didn't trust him anymore. I was upset.
So many times I knocked on his door saying I wanted to leave the club. It was frustrating because I didn't play. And nothing changed. If he would have stayed then I would not be at Liverpool anymore. We, the Frenchmen, were frustrated because we saw how it worked at Arsenal."
Djimi Traore in June 2005
"One, you run the team and the staff, you have responsibility for improving results and winning trophies.
"Two, you have an impact on the running of the club, help build up the facilities.
"And three, you leave a legacy, to make sure the club will achieve in the future, whether it is with me or somebody else. Paisley had a better record than Shankly, but he completed what Shankly had built up.
"I don't believe in being Mr Motivator, more in creating the best environment for the players to fulfil their potential. Then it is up to their professionalism and desire to be winners."
Houllier on his role at Liverpool
"When people told me I had to stop being a manager, I told them I would rather stop breathing than give up football. I took the decision to carry on after my operation even though I know I'm taking some risks. But I've taken risks all my life - I was taking risks before I went into the operating theatre. Life is only interesting if you live on the edge.
My obsession is still as great as ever. I'm not a very good sleeper, so what do you if you can't sleep? You either read or watch films, it just happens that I watch football videos. But the intensity of football makes it impossible to take time away, there are so many games in such a little space of time that I can't see a way of taking time off. I would like to take more breaks but the fixture list just makes that impossible.
"I have tried to cut down my involvement, but it is very difficult. The most important relationship in football is between a a manager and his players - you cannot ignore that."
Gerard Houllier explains why he continued as Liverpool manager after his heart operation
According to genial Houllier at the time, Robbie was merely suffering from a touch of Mad Cow Disease brought to the club by Rigobert Song:
'It was just a joke. The Metz players would get down behind each other and pretend to eat the grass. Rigobert, who used to play for them, did it in training and we all had a laugh. Robbie did this in front of the Everton fans, but if the goal had been scored at the other end, he would have done it there.
It was just a goal ceremony. It had nothing to do with drugs. At the moment, everything he does seems to be open to interpretation. When your heart is racing, maybe you don't think of the circumstances. We had a laugh about in in the dressing room. Robbie has been surprised by the reaction to this."
Houllier on Fowler's celebration when he pretended to snort cocaine after scoring against Everton
"There's a huge difference. Rafa and Pako have got a completely different way of training. We train harder, we train for longer and we work harder than we used to. Everything is about tactics as well. You know that they know what they are doing and that's the main thing. If you ask Pako, he tells you what we will be doing in training in two weeks time. That's unusual because when sometimes things don't go right, people change things. What he does is very impressive.
We work on tactics almost every day and if you look at our goals against record, that is a massive improvement. We played Valencia a few years ago when Rafa was in charge there and that was probably the hardest game ever for us. It was hard to get the ball and once we had it, we couldn't play. We got beat 1-0 at home and I think we only had half a chance through Emile Heskey. We were completely outplayed and couldn't get anywhere near them. When you work with them and see the way they train us now, you can see why Valencia played the way they did."
Hamann on the difference between Rafa and Houllier
"I thought to myself 'I can't believe I'm hearing this'. And I said to him: 'You've had months to tell me but you decided you were going to do it just before pre-season. I can't believe this - it's total crap! I just wanted to punch Houllier in the face. If I was younger I would have. He would have deserved it."
Ince wasn't happy when Houllier told him to leave Liverpool
"At Anfield the fans are fantastic - the best in the world. You'll see the singing at the beginning of the game and it makes you shiver, it gives you some kind of different feeling. They're very supportive of their team. They like good football and they like their team to win, but not necessarily in an ugly way - they want their team to win in style. Liverpool are a prestigious club. To me they are one of the best, if not the best, in Europe, with fantastic people, a great coach and good players. I will definitely be at the game and I don't think I will show my feelings and emotions who ever scores, but everyone knows that Liverpool is deep in my heart and always will be.
Houllier on Lyon TV in October 2009 before the Liverpool - Lyon in the Champions League
I remember recovering from a long injury lay-off and sitting stewing on the bench for Liverpool, not getting as much match action as I thought I deserved. We were playing Newcastle and when I was finally sent on, I rose above Duncan Ferguson to score a rare header and win the game. I ran as fast as I could towards the manager, my own manager, Gerard Houllier. I screamed every expletive imaginable in his direction. It was an explosion of emotion. The injustice overcomes you.
Jamie Redknapp on his goal vs Newcastle on 25th March 2000
"Roy is a great manager, a great man and a football man and I am sure the players will love him. He talks football, drinks football and has a great capacity to make teams work together. Wherever he has been across Europe, his teams have worked and played for each other and he has made his players improve. He is a man with great experience who attends all the big tournaments. He is very close to the people and all I can say is he is the right man for Liverpool."
Gerard Houllier on Roy Hodgson's appointment on liverpoolfc.tv
"It is a profession that breeds feelings of anger, paranoia and insecurity in some of the most powerful personalities in the game. My press conferences would be entertaining too, although whether this would sit comfortably with those who’d prefer a quiet manager I’m not so sure. Of all the managers I’ve worked with, I suspect I’d have more in common with Houllier, in that he lost his temper much more than Benitez and Evans."
Carragher on management in "Carra: My Autobiography"