KENNY DALGLISH has sent his best wishes to former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier who was admitted to hospital in Birmingham on Wednesday night.
The Aston Villa chief’s condition is said to be comfortable but assistant Gary McAllister will take charge for tomorrow’s home clash with Stoke City.
“Of course our best thoughts are with him,” Dalglish said.
“We don’t know too much about it so there’s no point in us being speculative, but the manager’s health is more important than anything else.
“We wish him well and we’re sure he’s in the best possible hands. Doc (Mark) Waller is there, who was the club doctor here when Gerard fell ill in 2001.
“He’s got a good guy beside him and I’m sure the people down there will do everything they can to help. All we can do is send him our best wishes.”
The 63-year-old, who underwent 11 hours of open heart surgery after suffering from a condition known as dissection of the aorta during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Leeds in October 2001, has endured a stressful return to Premier League management. Villa have been fighting to avoid relegation and they have been dogged by unrest among both supporters and players.
“There’s pressure on everybody in any walk of life,” Dalglish said.
“Different people deal with pressure in different ways. Each one as an individual will find his own little niche to combat it.
“It’s up to the individual. There’s no definitive way of finding release for yourself. You just go out and look for it and see what you get, and do what you think is best for yourself.”