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Villa duo against appointment of Houllier as new boss

Aston Villa keeper Brad Friedel and full-back Stephen Warnock are unimpressed with rumours that the club want to appoint former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier as the new manager at Villa Park. Both Friedel and Warnock endured a difficult time at Anfield under the French coach.

Friedel was sold by the Frenchman to Blackburn Rovers in 1999, while Warnock was sent on loan to Coventry City.

A Villa source told the News of the World said: "When it was revealed Houllier was the favourite for the Villa, it went down like a lead balloon with a couple of the players. You can't underestimate the strength of feeling, especially of someone such as Brad Friedel who felt he had no relationship with Houllier when he was at Anfield."

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