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New Villa boss Houllier: I am getting blamed for France World Cup flop

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier admits he was blamed by some for France's World Cup flop.

Houllier is no stranger to stress and his first Premier League game could be a welcome escape from the blame game he is embroiled in as France's technical director.

He has taken some of the flak for his home country's World Cup fiasco -even though he insists their group stage exit had nothing to do with him whatsoever.

"This is funny," he added. "Suppose there's a plane crash and the black box reveals that it wasn't the pilot, the co-pilot, a member of staff, a hostess, a steward or even a passenger. But I got blamed!

"I was preparing for the next 10 years - the team manager was in charge and was preparing the team. I never had any talks with him."

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