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No Laughing Matter

by | 16th, April 2004

‘THE pressure of being a football manager or a football player can do funny things to people.

‘And the Premier League title goes to…’

While the Mail hears the mother of Manchester United goalkeeper Tom Howard relate how her son’s Tourette’s Syndrome has got worse because of the stress at Old Trafford, we are much more concerned for the health Gerard Houllier.

It is not the physical state of the Liverpool boss that has us worried, despite his history of heart problems, but his mental well-being.

The Mirror publishes a back-page picture of Houllier in conversation with fellow Frenchman Arsene Wenger, in which he is quoted as suggesting that not only will he still be in charge at Anfield next season but his Liverpool team will win the Premiership title.

This will come as something of a surprise to most observers who have seen few signs of progress at Anfield in the past few years, not least the Liverpool fans themselves who had to sit through their team’s 1-0 home defeat to Charlton at the weekend.

Even the Mirror can’t keep a straight face at the suggestion.

The facts are that Liverpool have lost 10 league games already this season – 10 more than Arsenal – and are 29 points behind the champions-elect.

By contrast, they are only 17 points above the relegation zone, which would surely suggest that they have more chance of going down next season than they do of winning the title.

Houllier can at least dream, which is a lot more than the poor cricketers of Zimbabwe can do as the game in the strife-torn country descends into anarchy.

The Times reports that the

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