Gerard Houllier has “total support” at Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has the “total support” of the powers in charge at Villa Park, according to the club’s Chief Executive Paul Faulkner.

After successive sixth place finishes under Martin O’Neill, Villa are currently languishing in the Premier League this season, just two points off the relegation zone, despite being able to call on the likes of England international trio Ashley Young, Stewart Downing and £24m striker Darren Bent, Cameroon international midfielder Jean Makoun, and seasoned Premier League defenders James Collins and Richard Dunne.

Villa fans are far from taken with Gerard Houllier

However, since arriving at the club in September, Houllier has come in for much criticism from both players and supporters, as he has looked to implement his own ideas and strategies at the club – something which has proved far from successful.

63-year-old Houllier has said that his side need 44 points to achieve safety this season – they currently have a meagre 34 from 31 matches – whilst fans at Villa Park have become increasingly vocal in recent weeks that they wish for the former Liverpool boss to be removed from his position.

However, Faulkner has insisted that the Villa board are right behind Houllier.

“Yes, total support,” Faulkner told AVTV about the current Villa boss.

“We are focused on these last seven games, getting the points we need right now to get out of the situation we are in.”

Villa take on Newcastle United at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon, kick-off at 4pm.

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