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Liverpool icon Thommo to join Houllier at Villa

Phil Thompson is being linked with Aston Villa.

The Daily Express says Gerard Houllier will consider reuniting with former Liverpool assistant Thompson when he completes his return to English football with Aston Villa in the next 48 hours.

Thompson was Houllier's No2 at Anfield during his six-year reign and is set to move to the Midlands club with the Frenchman. Villa are on the verge of appointing Houllier as Martin O'Neill's permanent replacement.

He is expected to be offered a traditional managerial type of role, but caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald, who is popular with the players and has chairman Randy Lerner's support, is likely to stay at the club and could still have a role with the first team.

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