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Villa boss Houllier denies FFF job claims

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has dismissed reports that he had asked the French Football Federation to keep his role as technical director open.

Houllier insists he asked for a sabbatical to avoid having to serve three months notice so he could start work at Villa sooner rather than later.

He said: "When you resign, you need to serve three months' notice.

"One way of turning that around is to ask for a sabbatical and then you are free immediately."

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