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Aston Villa face delays unveiling Houllier

Aston Villa fans must wait to welcome new manager Gerard Houllier.

Houllier will not officially take charge of Aston Villa until after Monday's Barclays Premier League clash at Stoke.

The former Liverpool boss has shook hands with Villa owner Randy Lerner on a three-year contract with the midlands club.

But Press Association Sport reports that Houllier still has to tie up some loose ends with the French Football Federation after resigning as technical director before he can formally replace Martin O'Neill.

Houllier was still due to hold a press conference on Friday afternoon.

Caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald will be in charge for a sixth successive game against Tony Pulis' side.

Houllier is now expected to be in the Villa dugout for the first time for the home clash with Bolton on September 18.

He will take complete control after the weekend and will formally meet the Villa players until next week as they are on a day off today.

Houllier plans to hold talks with MacDonald at Villa's Bodymoor Heath training complex to discuss his role in the new set-up.

Former Liverpool midfielder MacDonald is currently reserve team coach.

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