Villa manager Houllier hospitalised

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is taken to hospital after falling ill.

Gerard Houllier is recovering in hospital after falling ill last night.

The Villa boss did not suffer a heart attack, according to reports, although exact detail of his illness is unclear. Houllier underwent heart surgery in 2001 after suffering chest pains during a Liverpool-Leeds game.

Houllier, who is said to be in a "comfortable" condition, was well enough to speak to club chief exec Paul Faulkner this morning.

Assistant manager Gary McAllister is expected to take over for Villa's home game with Stoke on Saturday.

More on this story as it develops.

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