Former Liverpool and France manager Gerard Houllier has passed away at the age of 73.
Houllier’s best year with the Reds with whom he had a six-year spell, came in the 2000-2001 campaign when he guided them to League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup successes before sealing a place in the UEFA Champions League for the following season.
Though the real cause of death is not known, RMC sport and sports daily L’Equipe reported that Houllier died after having a heart operation in Paris.
“We’re mourning the passing of our treble-winning manager, Gerard Houllier,” Liverpool tweeted from their official account.
“The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Gerard’s family and many friends. Rest in peace, Gerard Houllier 1947-2020,” the club tweet added.
The Frenchman managed the Reds for six years between 1998 and 2004, winning five major honours — including a famous FA Cup, EFL Cup and UEFA Cup treble in the 2000-2001 season.
Houllier also managed Olympique Lyonnais, Paris and Saint-Germain.
He was initially appointed technical director and assistant coach of Les Bleus under Michel Platini in 1988 before taking over as boss in 1992, but resigned a year later after France failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup in the United States.