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Frenchman disregards training ground row

Gerrard Houllier has not had an easy time since taking over as Aston Villa manager, but has denied there is a rebellion from his players.

Houllier was also quick to denounce the allegations that his players were caught up in a training ground row, and that they are dissatisfied with his methods.

"I've read about dissent in the squad over training methods but it is not true," Houllier said according to BBC Football.

"I know it is different to what it was before but it is not true and the players will adapt gradually.

"We do a lot of work with the ball, we play a lot of games, we do some tactics as well.

"Do people have to adapt to a new manager and methods? In a way, yes. You adapt or you die. We are changing a lot of things and that upsets the comfort of some players.

"I am not going to talk about the players who are dissentingand not happy. Any manager who runs a team knows the players who are playing are happy, and the players who are not playing are not happy.

"They think the methods are not good and they think the manager is not the right person but we have to live with that.

"We know that we are changing things, we know that sometimes people are whingeing and moaning but they have a fantastic job.

"They are paid high wages to play and enjoy football. This is a fantastic job and sometimes you forget that."

Houllier's side have stuggled in recent weeks, losing three games on the trot before a much needed 2-1 victory over West Brom last Sunday.

It was reported that Richard Dunne had reacted angrily to being stripped of the captaincy and being dropped for the game against West Brom.

But Houllier responded: "There was not an incident with Richard Dunne. Not at all. I took a football decision not to play him and [Carlos] Cuellar came in and did extremely well and he will be playing."

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