Liverpool have been lucky to have had some great managers over the years. Some maligned and some much loved, according to a legend of our club we have gotten one of our former gaffers all wrong: Jamie Carragher doesn’t believe that Gerard Houllier is the cuddly French uncle we see him as.
Houllier famously joined The Reds to co-manage the side with Roy Evans.
Shortly after, in 1998, the Frenchman assumed full control of the side.
The ex-Lyon and Aston Villa coach enjoyed a successful spell in charge of Liverpool.
Houllier famously won the treble with The Reds in 2001, lifting the League Cup, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup in one season, he also went on to win the Super Cup.
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In 2004 Houllier was replaced with Rafa Benitez, the Spaniard went on to win the Champions League in his first season with the club.
The kindly gaffer has been mistaken by the public according to Carra. On The Greatest Game Podcast, Carragher revealed that Houllier was much more than the meek man we saw in the dugout, saying:
“[Houllier would tell us before a final] ‘If I see anyone waving to a wife or a family member as you go out, I’ll bring you off in a minute…you’re going to war with them.’
“People’s perception of Houllier is as this nice French uncle, whereas he was so tough, he was so hard, his team meetings were amazing – I absolutely adore that man.”
What RTK has to say
There can be no doubt that Houllier will be fondly remembered by the Kop.
The Frenchman gave us an iconic season and was crucial in the handling of the young careers of Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard.
It is fascinating hearing Carragher talk so candidly of Houllier, if anything he deserves to be remembered in the manner Carra has described, not just as a nice French uncle.