Ferguson pays a tribute to Gerard Houllier

Mon 14 December 2020 | 19:31

Many paid a tribute to the former Liverpool manager following his death on Monday morning.

Alex Ferguson

paid a tribute to the former



Gerard Houllier

after his passing at the age of 73. Houllier, who spent six years of his career with the Reds, won five titles with Liverpool before moving to


 in 2004.

Ferguson, who was saddened by the death of his ex-rival, said:

"The news has come as a total shock this morning. “

"Gerard Houllier was still a young man at the age of 73. Gerard became a really good friend during his time at Liverpool.”

"We remained great friends after he left and he was always a great ally to have. He had fantastic football knowledge which he gained during his extensive and varied career.”

"When we saw each other at UEFA meetings or other events, we would often enjoy a chat, he was always great company and I will miss him dearly.  He was a true gentleman.”

"It is a sad day for the football world and my thoughts are with his family at this desperately sad time."

Before joining the Reds and working alongside the likes of

Roy Evans

, Houllier had the opportunity to coach

Paris Saint-Germain

and work as an assistant coach for


international team.

"Incredibly sad news hearing of the passing of Gerrard Houllier,"

Evans wrote on


"A gentleman I have the greatest respect for and what he achieved at Liverpool football club. Condolences to his family. RIP."

Phil Thompson

, who worked as the Frenchman’s assistant-coach following the departure of Evans, also paid a tribute to Houllier, saying:

"I'm absolutely devastated and heartbroken at the sad news of the passing of Gerard. My mate, my colleague, my boss.”

"One of the greatest moments of my life was when we come together in 1998. Just to be in his company was an absolute treat. So loyal, so passionate and extremely fierce.”

"So many wonderful times, bringing smiles back to people's faces. 2001 should never be forgotten.”

"Since we finished, at the end of every conversation we had, I told him I loved him and would always be grateful for him giving a wonderful partnership. RIP Boss."

source: SportMob