Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is chasing the Aston Villa job.

The Mirror says Gerard Houllier is unlikely to manage the club again this season after being hospitalised with chest pains - and may never return to Villa Park.

Benitez, out of work since being fired by Inter Milan earlier this season, is desperate for a Premier League return and said: "My mentality is now like a manager.

"I like the responsibility to decide the ambition of a club - the plan, the academy and the young players, all of these things together. I have experience now and can do well - especially with staff who know the Premier League."

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