Perth Glory’s Fowler surprised ex-Liverpool boss Houllier has returned
The Frenchman, who coached Fowler during his last days at Anfield, has been appointed as the new boss at Aston Villa and the ex-England international admits it was a bit of a shock to see him take a new job after seemingly having a comfortable position with France’s Football Federation.
“I'm surprised he has decided to come back, because he seemed to be enjoying his technical work, and it is certainly a tough job," Fowler said.
"They have lost players from last season when they did well, and they have lost a charismatic manager (in Martin O’Neill). They also seem to be looking to cut back, so I don't suppose there will be a lot of money to spend.
"That makes it very hard to finish higher than they have for the past couple of seasons, and in that sense, it's a very difficult job.
"But Gerard is a very experienced manager with a great track record, and he will believe he can still perform well there. We may have had our differences but I still wish him well. I always want anyone with connections to Liverpool to do well."