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Current World and European champions, Spain, are favourites with most bookmakers to add the 2012 European Championship to their haul.

Gerard Houllier has emerged as a leading contender to become the Director of Football at Aston Villa, after being interviewed by the club’s owner Randy Lerner.

Houllier, 63, who managed Liverpool from 1998-2004, has been employed as technical director at the French Football Federation since parting company with Lyon in 2007.

But he has been interviewed by Villa owner Randy Lerner, as he continues his search for a suitable successor to Martin O’Neill, who quit on the eve of the season. The Frenchman is under consideration for a director of football role that would see him work alongside Kevin MacDonald, who would stay on as first team coach.

Houllier enjoyed considerable success with Liverpool, leading them to a UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup treble in 2001.

Before he moved to Liverpool, he also enjoyed title success with Paris St Germain and spent a decade overseeing the development of French football.

Current World and European champions, Spain, are favourites with most bookmakers to add the 2012 European Championship to their haul.

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