Louis van Gaal, the current national coach of The Netherlands, has revealed in an interview with Sport1, that he really wants to become a coach in the Premier League.
“I have the ambition to coach another big club. In the Premier League. I haven’t experienced this atmosphere yet. And I also want to win the championship in a fourth country. That is my ambition. That is what I want to achieve.”
So far the media has speculated that van Gaal might go to Tottenham after the World Cup, but this statement might point to another direction. If it’s one of his main motivation to win the championship in a fourth country then Tottenham might not be big enough for him.
He has already won the national championships with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern, which are all leading clubs in their countries. Tottenham would clearly be an exception from that, because they are not good enough yet to compete with teams like Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester City.
Either one of these mentioned teams aren’t looking for a new coach, so what could van Gaal have in mind when he made this comment?
Despite their weak season Manchester United are still one of the Premier League giants and they seem to be willing to spend a lot of money in the summer to make their team competitive again. It wouldn’t be a big surprise if they bring in a new coach and van Gaal would definitely fit into the profile of a successful and international respected manager who lets his teams play attacking football.
The current Dutch coach still has very good connections to Bayern which might play a role of the future signing of Kroos. Bayern are still very grateful because it was van Gaal who started with the team’s transition and discovered players like Muller, Alaba and Badstuber.
At the end van Gaal had to leave Bayern because of his conflictive character which just didn’t suit well to Bayern’s strong leaders who weren’t happy with all of his decisions, like replacing the respected goalie Butt with an inexperienced talent.
At Manchester he probably wouldn’t find that much resistance for his ideas. He has proved with each of his teams that he’s a real football expert and that he knows when a talented player is ready to perform on the big stage. His teams always played attractive attacking football and he has won a lot of national and international titles. That’s everything what United could possibly look for in a coach, especially when they take their current performances with a less experienced coach into account.
United are not famous for changing their coaches very often as they have only had nine different coaches in the last 70 years, and after last night, David Moyes is buoyant about his future.
Still, if a man like van Gaal is available and motivated to come to the Premier League, then it’s definitely something worth considering.