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Gerard Houllier 'must stay' to prevent Aston Villa's demise

22nd March 2011 - Alma Shera

Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner has backed the club's football manager Gerard Houllier.

During Villa's 1-0 defeat to local rivals and fellow relegation candidates Wolves on Saturday, Houllier was forced to listen to the supporters demanding he be dismissed from his post.

The loss leaves the Birmingham side just one point off the relegation zone after securing just six wins from their last 25 soccer games in the Premier League.

However, Faulkner does not believe that sacking the football manager will be in Villa's best interests.

"Our best chance of staying up is with Gerard," he told BBC 5 Live.

Houllier himself has also called for the fans to get behind him and his team to help them avoid relegation.

"What we want is the fans to back the team and at the moment we are going through a difficult period," he said.

Villa's final eight football games in the Premier League season include matches against fellow relegation candidates West Ham, West Brom and Wigan.

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