PARIS – Gerard Houllier, the French coach who won the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup treble with Liverpool, has died aged 73.
Two of the French clubs Houllier managed, Paris Saint-Germain and Lens, confirmed he had died.
Houllier, who managed Liverpool from 1998 to 2004, died overnight Sunday to Monday after undergoing hart surgery. His career was blighted by health problems and he had to take a break in his time at Liverpool to recover from heart issues.
A great man and a great manager. Liverpool will be forever grateful. Gérard Houllier – Repose en paix ❤️ pic.twitter.com/36s13bglIB
— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) December 14, 2020
He was also in charge of the French national team from 1992 to 1993, overseeing their failure to qualify for the 1994 finals in the United States.
Everyone at #MUFC joins the football world in expressing our sadness at the loss of Gerard Houllier.
We send our condolences to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/lOUqkAJSDy
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 14, 2020
The cerebral Houllier played an important role in shaping Liverpool after the club that had won the league title consistently throughout the 1980s lost its way.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Gérard Houllier. All of our thoughts are with Gérard's family and friends at this difficult time.
Rest in peace, Gérard. pic.twitter.com/F8B45u4kFD
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 14, 2020
“The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Gerard’s family and many friends,” the current Premier League champions said in a statement. “Rest in peace, Gerard Houllier 1947-2020.”
Houllier recovered from life-saving heart surgery during the 2001/02 campaign to return to the dugout.
Rest in peace, Gerard Houllier.
The thoughts of everyone at City are with Gerard's family and friends at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/R5k05cWD91
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 14, 2020
He left the following year after overseeing 307 matches and successfully re-establishing the club as a modern force.
Houllier also launched the career of one of the club’s greatest players, Steven Gerrard.