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Stoke veteran Diao: Houllier will be good for Villa

Stoke City midfielder Salif Diao says Gerard Houllier will be good for Aston Villa.

Diao was brought to England by Houllier when in charge of Liverpool.

He said: "Gerard did a great job at Liverpool. He is a no-nonsense manager and any team of his will be well organised and very hard to beat.

"He's a hard-working guy who likes his teams to work hard and keep their shape.

"Villa have good players, so if they stick together and are ready to work hard, I don't see a problem for them this season.

"When he left, people were saying they wanted Liverpool to win the title, but I don't think when he was there that he had the money he needed."

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