Former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has died aged 73. 

The Frenchman's finest period came in the hugely successful 2000/01 season when he led Liverpool to the treble - winning the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup.

Houllier also managed Aston Villa in the Premier League, as well as winning titles with Lyon in the French Ligue 1.

He had suffered with heart problems for a number of years before his death and reports suggest he underwent aortic aneurysm surgery three weeks ago before being released yesterday. 

Andy Purslow, a member of the Worcester Liverpool Supporters club, wished to pass on his own message of gratitude to the late, much loved ex-Liverpool manager.

"I personally have the upmost respect for Gerard Houllier," he said.

"I was shocked and saddened by his passing today - Houllier gave us some wonderful memories and games.

"He came in and totally changed the whole outlook of LFC, making changes for the good and bringing us right up to date with modern football and the science behind it, meals and preparation for matches and that kind of thing.

"This was all rewarded with us winning a marvellous treble of trophies in 2001 and he bought Liverpool back to what they were known for - winning trophies both here and in Europe.

"Special memories for me personally would be coming from behind in the 2001 fa cup final to beat Arsenal 2-1 but I also remember Houllier's return to the dug out, after he had been absent from a heart problem earlier in the season.

"We needed to beat Roma and unknown to anyone he suddenly appeared before kick off.

"I think everyone had a lump in their throat for that one and the noise that night was unbelievable, the lift it gave everyone - fantastic.

"Of course we won too! RIP Gerard."

The Malvern and Worcestershire LFC Supporters group is ran by Matthew Cook, who also paid his respects.

"The 2001/2002 season 'NO HEART AS BIG' DVD was frequently played on the coach trips we have made to Anfield over the years. 

"He was a friend of every Liverpool supporter and nobody had a heart as big as his, Houllier was a big Red!

"A true gentleman of the football world you will be sadly missed."