Gerard Houllier factfile
Born: Therouanne, France
1969-1970 - As part of his English degree, Houllier spends a year as a teaching assistant at Liverpool's Alsop Comprehensive School. During this period, he attends his first Liverpool game at Anfield and plays for amateur side Liverpool Alsop.
1972 - As well as his job as deputy headmaster of the Ecole Normale d'Arras.
1973-1976 - Embarks on a full-time football management career as player-manager of Le Touquet Athletic Club.
1976-1982 - Becomes head coach of Noeux-les-Mines and guides them into the Second Division with back-to-back promotions.
1982-1985 - Manager of RC Lens. Wins promotion to the top-flight then leads them to UEFA Cup qualification.
1985-1988 - Manager of Paris Saint-Germain. Wins the French league title in 1986.
1988 - Appointed technical director of the French Football Federation. During his tenure France win the World Cup in 1998. Also briefly becomes national team manager between 1992 and 1993.
1998 - Becomes joint manager of Liverpool manager in July, along with Roy Evans. Evans departs a few months later, leaving Houllier in sole charge.
2001 - Wins the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup with Liverpool.
2004 - Left Liverpool by mutual consent.
2005 - Joins Lyon and wins the French league title twice.
2007 - Leaves Lyon and becomes technical director of the French Football Federation for the second time.
2010 - Appointed manager of Aston Villa.
Gerard Houllier has also been awarded an OBE for his services to British football, as well as the Legion d'honneur for services to the French game.