Houllier puts off contract talks

Houllier puts off contract talks

Published Apr. 6, 2011 6:08 p.m. ET

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has revealed he will not hold contract talks with any players until they secure their Premier League survival.

Brad Friedel, Nigel Reo-Coker and Robert Pires could all leave on free transfers when their current deals expire at the end of the season, while loan signing Michael Bradley is waiting to see if his move from Borussia Monchengladbach will be made permanent.

Houllier has put off all contract talks until Villa have secured their place in the top-flight for another season.

"The situation is that we will decide everything at the end of April," Houllier told the Birmingham Mail.


"Our points situation implies that everything will be dealt with then.

"We are focused on the pitch now.

"We have a league of eight games and we have played one against Everton and I think we have to remain extremely focused on the games that are coming up."

Houllier also rejected claims that his assistant Gary McAllister was the cause of reported dressing room unrest.

Houllier has seen his time at Villa blighted by rumours of mutiny in the squad, but the Frenchman has moved to dismiss the talk that McAllister was at the centre of any disquiet.

"It's stupid nonsense, I think it's totally nonsense and I know it's totally untrue. I doesn't have any effect on me," added Houllier.