Houllier: Villa Are Too Nice

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Houllier: Villa Are Too Nice


Byline: JANINE SELF

GERARD HoULLIER embarks on a familiar cup journey tonight preaching the mantra he once shared with Jose Mourinho, arguably Europe's manager of the decade. 'Don't neglect the League Cup,' Houllier told his adversary shortly before Mourinho swept all before him at Chelsea. It worked at Anfield, too, as the Frenchman's side landed the League, FA and UEFA Cups. Houllier has similar plans for Aston villa even though, after 48 hours in the job, the new boss sees a need to inject some ambition into a club he calls 'nice'. He begins tonight when villa entertain Blackburn in a testing Carling Cup third-round tie. Although Houllier has to manoeuvre his way round fragile player confidence and fans' concerns, he feels villa have settled for the comfort zone and points to a 14-year barren spell without a trophy as evidence. He said: 'The club need more ambition. More biting teeth. We need to get out of this comfort zone and get the results. …

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