Houllier hits back in Holloway row
Published 24/01/2011 | 15:47
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has launched a stinging attack on Ian Holloway, accusing the Blackpool boss of double standards over the Charlie Adam transfer saga.
Houllier believes Holloway has singled him out for criticism, despite the fact that other clubs have bid for the midfielder, who has today handed in a transfer request, through the same channels.
The Frenchman is angry that Holloway distanced Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish from the offer made by the Anfield side, yet did exactly the opposite when talking about Villa's bid.
"I noticed this weekend that I was not treated the same way as my friend Kenny Dalglish," Houllier said.
"Ian said 'it must not come from Kenny' when Kenny makes a bid, 'it comes from the club'.
"He called me all sorts of things because our club, officially, did the right things, and went to them.
"He went back to the press having a go at me."
Holloway said of Aston Villa's £3.5m bid: "Mr Houllier should not talk about someone else's player when he hasn't put up enough money to buy him."
However, when referring the £4m Liverpool bid, he said: "I don't think it was Kenny that put that offer in.
"Mr (Damien) Comolli (Liverpool's director of football strategy) should look at what is going on and get realistic."
Houllier also alluded to the comments he made last week, when he said he had been victimised by other managers due to his nationality.
"I was stunned, but hey, easy target, as I've said," he said.
"I'm not happy with him, I'm not happy with what he said. I think it's very, very unfair."
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has also been scathing in his criticism of Houllier after the Black Cats star striker Darren Bent was lured to Villa Park.
The former Lyon boss joked that Saturday's match between Blackpool and Sunderland would have been a meeting of managerial minds.
He said: "He must have had a good conversation on the touchline with Bruce last weekend."
Aston Villa take on Wigan tomorrow, and Houllier believes his team have started to show their true colours in recent performances.
"I think adversity is a test of resolve, for yourself and also for your team," he said.
"But from the start of the year it has been different, in terms of work, attitude, team camaraderie and everything."