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After Gerard Houllier’s tragic passing, Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to offer his reaction and a few words to pay tribute to the former Reds’ manager.
During the early ‘2000s, Gerard Houllier was one of the few managers who gave Sir Alex Ferguson a run for his money. Every time they faced each other, you could expect sparks flying between two of the best clubs in European football at the time. Before Rafael Benitez came along, Gerard Houllier was the last great manager the Reds had.
Under the Frenchman’s tutelage, they won an unforgettable treble with the League Cup, the FA Cup, and the now-extinct UEFA Cup (today is the Europa League). As everybody else who felt his loss, Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to take an opportunity to speak about his former rival. Much as he’s always done in the past with most of his rivals, the Scotsman always shows class with his wise words.
Ferguson believes Houllier was still young.
In a statement shared by SkySports, Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to Houllier:
“The news has come as a total shock this morning. Gerard Houllier was still a young man at the age of 73. Gerard became a really good friend during his time at Liverpool. We remained great friends after he left and he was always a great ally to have. He had fantastic football knowledge which he gained during his extensive and varied career.Sir Alex Fergusson
“When we saw each other at UEFA meetings or other events, we would often enjoy a chat, he was always great company and I will miss him dearly. He was a true gentleman. It is a sad day for the football world and my thoughts are with his family at this desperately sad time.”