Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier is set to be offered a role at Aston Villa, according to the reports.
Villa have been looking for a replacement for Martin O’Neill, after the Irishman quit last month and their hunt is coming close to being resolved.
Sven Goran Eriksson has ruled himself out of the running for the job, with the likes of Alan Curbishley, Ronald Koeman and Roberto Donadoni putting their name forward.
Caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald has also stated his interest, and will get the full backing of the Villa players.
Randy Lerner has already admitted he favours a manager with Premier League experience, ruling out Koeman and Donadoni.
And former Villain Curbishley has been installed as the media’s favourite for the post, while Houllier could be offered a director of football role.
As well as O’Neill, the Midlands side have also lost a lot of their backroom staff, including assistant John Robertson, coach Steve Walford and chief scout Ian Storey-Moore.
And the former France boss could be hired to oversee an overhaul of the coaching and backroom staff to work alongside the new manager, as well as helping out with potential signings.
Whilst manager at West Ham, Curbishley admitted he needed help when looking for talent abroad and the Hammers brought in Gianluca Nani as DoF.
However, Curbishley soon found out that working with Nani was hard, as he saw some top players sold over his head and ended up quitting before suing his childhood club for constructive dismissal.
A source told The Sun that an announcement could be made before the end of the international break: “The club has a shortlist and is talking to everyone on it.
“No decision has been made but there will probably be an announcement in the next four or five days.”
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