Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has died at the age of 73.
News of the 73-year-old’s passing broke this morning in his native France and tributes have begun to pour in, with Gary Lineker tweeting: “One of football’s smartest, warmest and loveliest people. #RIPGerard”.
Houllier enjoyed an extensive managerial career, however it was with Liverpool where he enjoyed his greatest success.
The Frenchman took charge in 1998 as joint team manager with Roy Evans, but by November he was in sole control.
Houllier stayed at Liverpool until May 2004 and in that time he guided the club to an historic treble.
In 2001, the Frenchman helped Liverpool win the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup. He won the League Cup again in 2003 and was also awarded an honorary OBE.
Houllier remains a fan favourite at Anfield and former Liverpool striker Michael Owen tweeted this mooring: “Absolutely heartbroken to hear that my old boss, Gérard Houllier, has sadly passed away. A great manager and a genuinely caring man. #RIPBoss.”