Gerard Houllier believes he can improve the current Aston Villa squad.
Houllier, 63, will sign a three-year contract and hopes to take over properly at the end of next week, having been assured there is money to spend on players.
It was believed previous manager Martin O'Neill quit due to a lack of investment, though owner Randy Lerner is thought to have withheld more funds because he was not convinced there would be further improvement in a squad who had just finished sixth in the Premier League.
Houllier said: "If we have to improve the team we will. I have been told, if the time is right, we will always invest. At the moment I want to see the players because I think we have a good squad."
The Frenchman said: "Martin had his own style that was successful but I might bring a technical improvement of the team in the training and the way I want them to play."