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Houllier family needs convincing about Villa move

Gerard Houllier's family needs convincing about the wisdom of taking the Aston Villa job.

The Birmingham Mail says sources in his native France say the former Liverpool boss is now contemplating whether to return to the Premier League after a six-year absence.

However, Houllier is having to reassure his family that he is well enough to return to the pressure-cooker of the English top flight after well-documented health problems.

He had major surgery in 2001 after suffering a heart attack during his Anfield reign and his wife Isabelle has previously being opposed to him managing again in the Premier League.

But the timing of the Villa job could be ideal for Houllier who is currently having to deal with the fall-out from his home nation's catastrophic World Cup campaign.

"This could be a good time for Gerard to return to the Premier League because there are problems with French football at the moment and he has taken some of the blame," said a source in France.

"There have been lots of concerns about his health, including from his wife, and whether he could cope with the pressure of the Premier League again on a day to day basis.

"But he feels as if he still has business to finish in England and this opportunity could be just right for him."

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