1 Jun 2011

Houllier set to stand down

5:53 am on 1 June 2011

Gerard Houllier is set to stand down as manager of the English football club Aston Villa following his latest health scare.

The 63-year-old Frenchman, who underwent heart surgery when Liverpool manager a decade ago, missed the final month of last season with the latest setback.

Caretaker boss Gary McAllister has said he was confident Houllier would return to his post and Houllier has played his part in drawing up Villa's plans for next season.

But Villa insisted medical tests conducted on the manager before the weekend would determine Houllier's future.

The results have been studied by Villa owner Randy Lerner and medical staff and an official announcement is expected soon.

Reports in Birmingham say Houllier will leave the club.