Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier's future will be decided in the next 24 hours, it is understood.

The Birmingham Mail have reported that Houllier will stand down by "mutual consent" because of concerns over his health after heart problems.

Sources close to Villa were adamant on Tuesday morning that "Gerard is still our manager" and any final decision still had to be formally confirmed.

Houllier, who underwent heart surgery when Liverpool manager a decade ago, missed the final month of last season with the latest setback.

Caretaker boss Gary McAllister had been convinced the Frenchman would return to his post and the 63-year-old has played his part in drawing up Villa's plans for next season.


But Villa insisted medical tests conducted on Houllier before the weekend would determine his future.

The results have been studied by Villa owner Randy Lerner and medical staff and an official announcement is expected soon.

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