Houllier decision riding on health

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Aston Villa will await the results of medical tests before deciding on the future of manager Gerard Houllier, Press Association Sport understands.

The midlands club do not expect to make any announcement until early next week as Houllier recuperates after his recent heart problem. Sources close to Villa have indicated the outcome of the tests will be "the driving force" behind what is the next step to take.

Caretaker boss Gary McAllister continues to be in an upbeat mood over Houllier's future and he said: "Gerard is very good. He is in fine form. We are seeing more and more of him. He is up and about."

There have been conflicting weekend reports over Houllier's future.


One suggested the 63-year-old would be relieved of his duties and another indicated his return would be rubber-stamped by club owner Randy Lerner, but the source insisted it is "neither of those" and that the medical tests will be the key.

McAllister added: "We have had lunch, we've been for dinner. He's not driving or anything like that. He's obviously got a driver.

"But every indication, and all the things he is saying to me and other members of staff, is that he wants to be back here and he wants to be back in full-time work. He is just preparing for July 7 when we come back for pre-season training."

Meanwhile a Premier League managers' arbitration tribunal is continuing this week to consider the circumstances that led to Martin O'Neill's abrupt departure from Villa Park.

O'Neill enjoyed a successful four-year association with the club after taking over from David O'Leary in August 2006.

He led them to three successive top-six finishes in the Premier League and the 2010 Carling Cup final, but the former Leicester and Celtic boss opted to leave just five days before the start of the campaign in August.

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