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Houllier expects to be in Villa dugout for Cup tie

Gerard Houlllier expects to be in the Aston Villa dugout next week for their Carling Cup tie with Blackburn Rovers.

Houllier is hoping to be at the helm for the Carling Cup game with Blackburn on Wednesday week although he will be assisted by caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald.

He said: "I have to go back. I have a very important meeting Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

"Even if I wanted to take a private jet out (to the Stoke game) it wouldn't be possible.

"I apologise for that but I will be watching the game on television.

"If all goes to plan the Carling Cup match with be the first game I pick the team for.

"But I will do that with Kevin obviously. I think Kevin will stay alongside me (for that game)."

MacDonald has already indicated he does not want to be part of Houllier's first team coaching set-up and will instead return to his role as reserve team manager.

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