Gabriel Agbonlahor hits out at former Aston Villa boss

Aston Villa winger reveals he was to considering leaving the club if Gérard Houllier remained in charge

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Agbonlahor says Houllier's regime was "killing" him. Photo: Christian Constantine for The Sport Review

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Gabriel Agbonlahor has launched an astonishing attack on former Aston Villa manager Gérard Houllier, claiming he was going to consider his future if the Frenchman remained in charge.

The 24-year-old winger started only 19 games under Houllier last season and admitted he was forced to think about leaving Villa Park because the manager’s regime was “killing” him.

“At one stage I did think about it [leaving],” Agbonlahor told the Daily Telegraph. “I thought if this is how it is going to stay and the manager is going to stay here, with this formation, then I would have to leave.

“It hurt more as a Villa fan and local boy. Luckily the manager left and McAllister left as well.

“It killed me a lot. It did not help me with England. The manager had his formations and he was not going to change that. Gerard was not much of a talker. It was more McAllister, but he was not very good to be honest. I did not really get on with him.

“I don’t think a lot of the players were happy with the way he set up things. There was too much rotation. You look at who was left out. [Stephen] Warnock, [Stephen] Ireland and [Richard] Dunne. It was a crazy season.”

Alex McLeish took over from Houllier in the summer and Agbonlahor says life at Villa is now much more enjoyable.

“It feels happier and more organised,” he said. “Everyone is enjoying the training more and there is a better atmosphere around the place.”

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