Mid-Day Ticker: Houllier deal final, Wales manager to resign and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Houllier deal final, Wales manager to resign and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Houllier deal final, Wales manager to resign and more

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The Aston Villa manager saga appears to officially be over as French publication L'Equipe reports that Gerard Houllier will inform the French Football Federation that he will sign a two-year contract to take over at Villa Park.

Houllier (pictured above, center), who coached Liverpool from 1998-2004, will step away from his post as the FFF's technical director after the country's notorious World Cup stint and replace interim manager Kevin MacDonald.

Aston Villa is currently 2-1-0 with victories over West Ham and Everton and a loss to Newcastle, all of which came under the guidance of MacDonald, who replaced Martin O'Neill prior to the season opener.

Here are a few more stories to get you through the day:

TOSHACK TO RESIGN

Wales manager John Toshack is likely to announce his resignation on Thursday. Wales fell to Montenegro in their first qualifying match for Euro 2012, and the Football Association of Wales has called a press conference where the announcement is expected to be made.

Toshack, 61, has been the manager at Wales since 2004. The FAW is said to be looking at having Ryan Giggs become Toshack's replacement, and Giggs has confirmed his overall interest, although it is unlikely that he would take the job while still playing for Manchester United.

LAUDRUP DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER

Former Denmark striker Brian Laudrup has been diagnosed with a lymphoma. According to reports, the cancer is in its early stages and is a mild case, and the prognosis for Laudrup, 41, is positive.

Laudrup starred at some of the biggest clubs around Europe in his storied club career, scoring 103 goals over a 14-year career. He scored 21 goals in 82 appearances for Denmark.

JAPAN TOPS GUATEMALA

In an early international friendly on Tuesday, Japan received two goals from Takayuki Morimoto to defeat Guatemala, 2-1 in Osaka.

World Cup sensation Keisuke Honda set up the opening goal for Japan, and Mario Rafael Rodriguez scored the lone goal for Guatemala. You can see highlights of the match here.

TUESDAY EARLY RESULTS

In other friendlies already completed, Iran defeated South Korea, 1-0, and China and Paraguay played to a 1-1 draw.

In Euro 2012 Group B qualifying, Slovakia surprised Russia, 1-0, on a Miroslav Stoch goal in the 27th minute.

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