Manchester United have this afternoon announced that Louis van Gaal will take over as manager from the start of the 2014/15 season. The club confirmed that the current Netherlands manager has signed a three-year contract. The 62-year-old has experience at the top-level of European football for the last 20 years; with Ajax he won the three Eredivisie titles, one KNVB Cup, three Johan Cruijff Shield, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Super Cup and one Intercontinental Cup. With Barcelona he won two La Liga titles, one Cope del Rey and one UEFA Super Cup. With AZ Alkmaar he won one Eredivisie title and with Bayern Munich he won the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and the DFB-SuperCup in the 2009/10 season.
Van Gaal is currently preparing his Netherlands squad for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer and he will be expected to take up his post as the Manchester United manager after the tournament has ended, whenever that may be for the Netherlands, who will want to compete to win the competition after falling short of winning the trophy four years ago.
United legend Ryan Giggs will be Van Gaal’s assistant manager next season, which will be good for the club’s most decorated player and will help him define his career in management. Giggs took charge for the final four matches of the Barclays Premier League season, earning to victories, a draw and a defeat. This will be an exciting era for the club, as I am sure United will be back in the coming season.
Van Gaal will also bring in Frans Hoek, who will be an assistant coach but specialises in goalkeeping. Hoek is currently part of Van Gaal’s Netherlands squad, but in his career he was influential in developing Edwin van der Sar and Victor Valdes. Another coach joining the the new regime is Marcel Bout, who will be an assistant coach specialising in opposition scouting. He has previously worked with Bayern Munich, Telstar, AZ, FC Volendam and Feyenoord.
Ed Woodward, when announcing the new manager, said:
“In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today. He has achieved many things in his career to date and Old Trafford provides him with a fitting stage on which to write new chapters in the Manchester United story.
“Everyone is very excited about this new phase in the club’s history. His track record of success in winning leagues and cups across Europe throughout his career makes him the perfect choice for us.
“People know him as a larger than life character but I have also been extremely impressed by his intelligence, thoughtful approach to the role and his diligence. I’m looking forward to working with him.
“I’m delighted that Louis has chosen Ryan as his assistant. Ryan’s association with the club spans over two decades and his knowledge and stature will be of great use to Louis. In addition, this is a fantastic opportunity for Ryan to learn his trade alongside a world-class manager whose attacking instincts and belief in youth are tailor-made for Manchester United.”
Louis van Gaal said:
“It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League. To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud. I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are. This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together I’m sure we will make history.”
Joel Glazer said:
“I am delighted that Louis will be our next manager. He has an outstanding pedigree as a coach, both as a man who motivates his teams to win trophies and as someone who believes in giving young players a chance to prove their worth. I am sure he will make a big impression on the club, the players and the fans.”
Avie Glazer said:
“Louis joins us at an exciting time and has already communicated some great ideas for how the club can move forward. The board is right behind him in his plans and everyone here is already looking forward to the start of next season.”
Ryan Giggs said:
“I am thrilled to have the chance to serve as assistant manager. Louis van Gaal is a world-class coach and I know I will learn a lot about coaching from being able to observe and contribute at such close quarters. Manchester United has been a huge part of my life and I’m delighted to be able to continue that relationship in such a key role.”
The club now has the stability of a new successful manager, who will bring back the attacking quality of the United squads of the past. Van Gaal is a successful manager and a good fit for the club right now. His three-year contract with Ryan Giggs as his assistant will help give the Welshman the desired strengths ahead of his own managerial career. During the next few days MUFCLatest will be producing some original articles on Van Gaal and the new era the club faces. We will bring you a tactical analysis based on formations and systems the new manager could bring to the club. We will also be focusing on analysis of the Netherlands matches during this summers World Cup in Brazil, so make sure you visit the website regularly.
By Paul Bienkowski
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