OL loses a friend with the death of Gérard Houllier
Olympique Lyonnais learned, with immense sadness, of the death of Gérard Houllier. We are losing one of the greatest architects of world football, whose excellence marked more than three decades.
Initially a player and coach in the amateur ranks, his exceptional professional career then took him from Le Touquet to Liverpool. Here, the former English teacher found a club and a city where he was adored.
In June 2005, Gérard Houllier joined Olympique Lyonnais. Having won consecutive Ligue 1 titles over the next two seasons, he leaves the memory of a meticulous, ambitious man who was concerned about preserving heritage.
Remaining close to Lyon's management, he officially returned to the club in 2016, as an advisor to President Jean-Michel Aulas. He brought his expertise to strategic choices concerning professional teams and training via the Academy.
He distinguished himself with his strong involvement in the development of women's football, and more particularly at OL, contributing to gender equality in sport.
Gérard Houllier has dedicated his life to football and has successfully held almost every position: player, player-coach, coach, national technical director, manager, director, advisor and an expert with UEFA.
His legacy will live on through all those who love football and all those players and clubs that owe him so much. Gérard Houllier will remain forever linked to the history of Olympique Lyonnais.
To his wife Isabelle, his brother Serge, his mother Gisèle, his family and friends, Jean-Michel Aulas and Olympique Lyonnais send their most sincere condolences. Beyond a football legend, Gérard Houllier was a friend of the club. We will never forget him.