Houllier to leave hospital soon after chest pains

Aston Villa says manager Gerard Houllier will be leave the

hospital within the next ”three to four days” after being

admitted last week with chest pains.

Club doctor Mark Waller tells the Villa website that tests show

Houllier’s heart is ”working perfectly.” Waller says the medical

team is ”extremely encouraged by Gerard’s improvement over the

past six days.”

Houllier, who had open heart surgery in 2001 while manager of

Liverpool, was taken to a Birmingham hospital last Wednesday.

The 63-year-old Frenchman says he has received messages of

support and says ”the reaction of people throughout the world of

football” has been ”overwhelming.”

Assistant coach Gary McAllister is in temporary charge of the

Premier League team.