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Houllier firming as favourite for Aston Villa job

Gerard Houllier is under serious consideration at Aston Villa.

PA Sport says ex-Liverpool manager Houllier has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Martin O'Neill.

Houllier, 63, left Anfield six years ago and has been employed as technical director at the French Football Federation since parting company with Lyon in 2007.

But he has been interviewed by Villa owner Randy Lerner and created a favourable impression with the American multi-millionaire.

If Lerner decides Houllier is the right man to succeed O'Neill, then Villa hope to make an appointment early next week - certainly before their next match at Stoke on September 13.

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