The Dugout - 60 seconds with Gerard Houllier

Wed, 14 Dec 09:49:00 2011

Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier identifies his treble with the Reds in 2001 as his career highlight in our latest rapid Q&A session.

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If you hadn't been a football manager, what career would you have had instead?

I was a teacher before, but maybe a translator.

What was your first car?

It was a Citroen 2CV.

What in your opinion is the greatest song ever recorded?

My Way by Frank Sinatra, or With Or Without You by U2.

Have you sung it at Karaoke - if not, what do you sing?

I never sing. Never.

What's your TV guilty pleasure (what do you like to watch when you have time?)

Match of the Day ... maybe because it's got two former Liverpool players on the panel so I am a bit biased. Away from football, I like to watch programmes about animals on National Geographic. Safaris, things like that.

If somebody made a film of your life, which actor would you like to play you?

Harrison Ford.

What's the nicest place you've ever visited?

Bryce Canyon. It's near the Grand Canyon, but for me it's superior. It's fantastic. It's like a cathedral in the ground.

If you could throw a dinner party for any three people in history, dead or alive, who would they be?

I was going to say Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy and Charles De Gaulle, but I might swap in Henry VIII for De Gaulle - it would be more fun!

What would you cook for them?

What do you mean 'cook'? I would have to cook bacon and eggs, but I'd rather serve them beef stroganoff.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Spring 2001, when we won the League Cup, the FA Cup and UEFA Cup with Liverpool.

What is your favourite sport apart from football?

I like rugby and athletics, but I would say tennis. Roger Federer is my favourite player. I also like the French players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet. Tsonga is doing really well at the moment, but for me Federer is the one. I'm amazed by his consistency over the years. Every now and then he goes down, but he always bounces back. Talent always comes through.

Gerard Houllier was speaking to Yahoo!'s 'The Dugout' through its partnership with the League Managers Association