The football world has united to pay condolences to Isabelle Houllier, the wife of former France, Liverpool and Paris Saint-German manager Gerard Houllier, passed away last night at the age of 73. Here’s more about Isabelle Houllier.
Who is Gerard Houllier’s wife, Isabelle?
The late Gerard Houllier’s wife, Isabelle Houllier, received heartfelt condolences from the international football community following her husband’s death.
According to French outlet Closer, Isabelle accompanied Gerard to events such as Legends Of Football in 2016, which commemorated the 25th season of the Premier League.
She also attended the 2016 Laureus Sports Awards and the movie premiere of 2014 French comedy Supercondriaque.
Gerard and Isabelle Houllier didn’t have children.
Football world pays tribute to Gerard Houllier
The thousands of fans, players and clubs to post tribute to Gerard Houllier included all six professional teams the Frenchman managed – Lens, Paris St-Germain, the France national team, Liverpool, Olympique Lyon and Aston Villa.
Lyon paid homage to their former boss prior to their training session this afternoon.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “To his wife Isabelle, to his brother Serge, to his mother Gisèle, to his family and to his friends, Jean-Michel Aulas and Olympique Lyonnais send their most sincere condolences.
“Beyond a football legend, Gerard Houllier was a friend of the club. We will never forget it.”
Some sides even put rivalries aside, with Everton, both Manchester clubs and Birmingham City paying their respects to the former Liverpool and Aston Villa tactician.
Houllier’s illustrious managerial career
He joined Liverpool in 1998 and enjoyed a stellar campaign in 2001. That year, the Reds won the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and 2001 Community Shield. He was also in charge when the Reds won the 2003 League Cup.
After he left Liverpool, Houllier returned to France in 2005 and won successive league titles and back-to-back Trophee des Champions titles with Lyon, before arriving at Aston Villa for one season in 2010.
At Villa, he led the side to ninth in the Premier League standings – they haven’t finished that high since.
Prior to his arrival in England, he helped Lens to promotion to Ligue 1 and UEFA Cup qualification and clinched a first Ligue 1 title for PSG in 1986.
He took charge of the France national team six years later after initially being second in charge under Michel Platini.