Club director implies 'British press can break van Gaal'

Swansea City chief is unconvinced over the suitability of Dutch maestro Louis van Gaal for the position of Manchester United manager.

Manchester United's decision to instal Louis van Gaal as their new manager appeared to be one of the wisest moves a boardroom of an elite-level football club could have done, according to consensus, however, there are those who, whilst not directly opposing the appointment, have expressed their scepticism over the suitability of the Dutchman's candidacy.

Van Gaal's success at Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich has rival manager Jose Mourinho admitting his "jealousy", his faith in youth policies and integration of his own coaching staff are regarded to benefit a number of the club's most gifted prospects (listed here), while he also has an eye for talent, a large contacts book and the respect of many world-level footballers - all extremely handy assets when entering the transfer market.

Even his mannerisms and personality were deemed good for English football as the press would no doubt either warm to him, like Chelsea boss Mourinho, or loathe him, which Swansea City director John van Zweden seems to be implying could be the case as his prickly nature with the media may only be tolerated for a short period.

He is quoted by the Daily Star to have said: "Van Gaal does not fit."

He continued: "I am convinced that he is not going to save Manchester [United]. I have great respect for Van Gaal as a coach, but his way of talking in the media really cannot continue. And you should not be mistaken with the English media. They can really break you."

van Gaal was not a lone runner in the campaign to be the successor to David Moyes' ill-fated reign at Old Trafford and van Zweden believes a better fit for the club would have been trophy-magnet Pep Guardiola, an innocuous figure during media addresses.

"United is a real family club with a decent man like Sir Alex Ferguson who for years was at the helm. I frankly expected them to approach Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola. The Bayern coach has more similarities with Ferguson and could be a lot better fit."

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