Gerard Houllier, former Liverpool coach, dies at 73

Liverpool and the French soccer federation announced the death Monday. French sports daily L'Equipe said he died at home on Sunday following heart surgery in France
Gerard Houllier, former Liverpool coach, dies at 73
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PARIS (PTI):

Gerard Houllier, a Frenchman who won three titles in one season as manager of English club Liverpool following a disappointing spell as the coach of France's national team, has died. He was 73.

Liverpool and the French soccer federation announced the death Monday. French sports daily L'Equipe said he died at home on Sunday following heart surgery in France.

"We are mourning the passing of our treble-winning manager, Gerard Houllier," Liverpool wrote on Twitter.

Houllier had a mediocre stint as coach of France's national team in the early 1990s, his short-lived journey ending with an embarrassing failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup.

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His tenure at Liverpool was far more successful, leading the Reds to the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2001.

He is one of only three managers along with Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola to have won three trophies with an English club in the same season.

Houllier had recovered from heart surgery in 2001 after doctors operated on him for several hours to repair damage to a major artery near his heart. He stopped coaching in 2011 following a final job with Aston Villa. (PTI)

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