Gerard Houllier has once again refuted suggestions of a divide within the Villa Park camp, stating that the issue with Dunne and Collins has been resolved, with both set to face Everton in tomorrow’s trip to Goodison;
“The only thing I can say is that the events are finished. It has been dealt with, it is gone and over.
“The players expressed their will to the club and to myself that they want to give their best for their fans and the club. It is good.
“They were unfortunately both injured for the last game against Wolves but they are available after playing for Ireland and Wales.
“If they are fit, they will play. It is as simple as that because they are personality players and they have the club at heart. They also have strong experience.”
On the task ahead and his continued commitment to the club despite ‘Houllier Out’ banners;
“Everyone is entitled to think what they want but I took the job because it was a challenge,” he said.
“The challenge is bigger now because of what happened but sometimes you battle to get in Europe or a cup.
“Here we are battling adversity together. Together – that means the team, the staff, management, the owner, chief executive, the fans, everybody.
“The fans play an important part. When the fans show the banner, you are not very happy about that.
“But I came here because I’ve got pride in being at this club. I said that straightaway and that hasn’t changed.
“I’ve got pleasure in what I’m doing. It’s not because things are not particularly easy. Sometimes you go through hard times at this job. I’ve got a challenge – the challenge is eight games – and the unity is there.”
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