Bad news Giggs? - Ex Newcastle striker to be Van Gaal assistant

Patrick Kluivert is reported to be following Louis Van Gaal to Manchester United - while Danny Blind and more are expected to follow.

Reports in Holland this morning suggest that Louis Van Gaal has agreed a deal to become the new Manchester United manager - after his duties with the Dutch national team are concluded at the end of the FIFA World Cup.

The reports, from Dutch national paper De Telegraaf suggest:

“Louis van Gaal will go to Manchester United. The coach of the Dutch team did last night reach an agreement with the English club. Van Gaal (62) negotiated the last few days in the Portuguese Algarve, where he has a nice villa with Ed Woodward, one of the Glazer brothers and a lawyer on a multi-million contract.”

It is certainly a story that is gathering momentum - and the reputability of the source is unquestionable - so maybe a Van Gaal era really is just round the corner for Manchester United.

But why is it bad news for Ryan Giggs and co?

Giggs is currently the interim boss at the club and seemed to be enjoying his time during a press conference yesterday.

But any hope of being Van Gaal’s assistant would reportedly be futile - while the rest of the backroom staff should also fear a Moyes like cull when he arrives.

The reports also suggest that he has his assistant manager lined up - in the form of former Newcastle United striker Patrick Kluivert.

Van Gaal managed the Dutch legend on more than one occasion during his career - at Barcelona and with Ajax - but these days Kluivert acts as his assistant coach with the Netherlands.

And De Telegraaf report he - along with the majority of his current backroom staff - will join him at Old Trafford.

It is believed that assistants Kluivert and Danny Blind, as well as fitness coach Rene Wormhoudt, could all follow him to United - leaving little space for messrs Scholes, Butt, Neville and Giggs.

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