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Last Updated: Monday, 24 May, 2004, 07:30 GMT 08:30 UK
Houllier's Liverpool career in pictures
Gerard Houllier in his early days at Liverpool
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Gerard Houllier leaves his role with France's coaching staff in 1998 to take joint control of Liverpool with Roy Evans
Joint Liverpool managers Gerard Houllier and Roy Evans
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Cracks soon begin to appear in the partnership and Houllier is handed sole control of the team in November 1998
Gerard Houllier holds the FA Cup aloft after Liverpool's win over Arsenal in 2001
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Houllier invests heavily to stamp his authority on the team and it pays off in style as Liverpool win a unique cup treble in 2001
Liverpool chairman David Moores and manager Gerard Houllier hold the Uefa Cup on an open top bus parade
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He poses in happier times with chairman David Moores as Liverpool parade the Uefa, Worthington and FA Cups
The Kop stand at Anfield pay tribute to Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier
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The Kop pay tribute to Houllier after he is taken ill during a match in October 2001 and undergoes emergency heart surgery
Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier issues instructions to Robbie Fowler
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During his recuperation he sanctions the sale of crowd favourite Robbie Fowler to Premiership rivals Leeds United
Liverpool's El-Hadji Diouf
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Fowler's coveted number nine shirt is handed to 10.5m buy El Hadji Diouf, who proves to be an expensive flop
Gerard Houllier holds the Carling Cup aloft after Liverpool beat Manchester United in the 2003 final
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Despite claiming the 2003 Carling Cup, mutterings from the Liverpool board grow louder as they miss out on a Champions League spot
Liverpool's new signing Harry Kewell poses with Gerard Houllier
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Optimism is again raised at the start of the 2003/04 season as the Frenchman splashes out on Leeds' Harry Kewell
Gerard Houllier rues his side's defeat at Marseille in the Uefa Cup in 2004
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But disappointment again rings around Anfield as Liverpool are unable to make any assault on the Premiership title
Liverpool players celebrate beating Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in April 2004
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Champions League football is secured, but after 128m worth of investment, the Anfield board finally run out of patience
Gerard Houllier poses in front of the Kop
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After parting company with the Reds at an emotional press conference, he takes one last walk in front of his beloved Kop

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