Former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has sadly passed away, aged 73.
The Frenchman died overnight according to French outlet RMC Sport.
It comes after Houllier underwent aortic aneurysm surgery three weeks ago.
He was discharged from hospital and returned home yesterday, but tragically died overnight.
Tributes have been paid after Houllier’s death.
We are mourning the passing of our treble-winning manager, Gerard Houllier.
The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Gerard’s family and many friends.
Rest in peace, Gerard Houllier 1947-2020. pic.twitter.com/isHGXIfe5E
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 14, 2020
Absolutely devastated by the news about Gerard Houllier, I was in touch with him only last month to arrange him coming to Liverpool. Loved that man to bits, he changed me as a person & as a player & got @LFC back winning trophies. RIP Boss. ????
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) December 14, 2020
Oh no! Gerard Houllier has passed away. One of football’s smartest, warmest and loveliest people. #RIPGerard
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 14, 2020
RIP Gérard Houllier. Gérard Houllier managed Liverpool from 1998-2004. His most memorable season was guiding Liverpool to five trophies in 2001 as they claimed the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, Charity Shield and UEFA Super Cup. Remarkable achievement. A gentleman. pic.twitter.com/jQFGBVBYVl
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) December 14, 2020
Devastating news about Gerard Houllier. The man who modernised Liverpool Football Club and made them a genuine force again with the historic treble winning season. A lovely guy and a great coach. RIP Gerard. #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) December 14, 2020