Aston Villa directors have hit back at fans unhappy with the appointment of Gerard Houllier.
Houllier is set to be appointed as Martin O'Neill's successor and is bringing former Anfield No 2 Phil Thompson with him to Villa Park.
However some fans oppose his appointment and Randy Lerner's right-hand man, General Charles Krulak, is shocked by the flak aimed at the Frenchman, says the Mirror.
Krulak regularly posts comments on Villa fans' message boards and called on Houllier's critics to treat him with more respect.
The former US Marine Commandant fears the ex-Reds boss may be put off coming to Villa if he reads the abuse of him on the supporters' message boards.
In a post on vitalastonvilla, Krulak said: "Take Mr H for an example. Whatever anyone thinks of him, he deserves respect from the fans of this club.
"He has a fine record with multiple clubs and deserves better for the amount of effort he has put into his chosen career than to be ridiculed by AVFC.
"And that is just one person, who has been taken apart on the three sites I post on. We are bigger than that!! As I have said many times, we can disagree all we want, but we should do it respectfully.
"It makes little sense to me to pick out one or two candidates and run threads on how much we don't want them or how bad they would be for the club. ANY manager worth their salt is going to do some due diligence on the club and that would probably include reading up on the fans and the type of support they might receive."