The new Manchester United boss has a fearsome reputation when dealing with the media, which has been portrayed in his homeland.
Manchester United’s new manager Louis van Gaal has quite the reputation as a coach that he can be very abrasive – especially when it comes to the media.
With the Dutch trainer set to move to Old Trafford after this summer’s World Cup, those in the know in the Netherlands have warned their English counterparts about the perils of dealing with the former Bayern Munich boss.
Published on NRC, the complete list can be read here and makes quite comical viewing.
Some of the rules that the media will need to adhere to include:
Be prepared for any possible mood Contrary to many other managers, whether the match is won, drawn or lost is no indication whatsoever of Van Gaal’s mood. Even if he has won and seems to be quite happy, one wrong question can - and will - put him off.
Don’t introduce yourself Or else he’ll know your name, remember it and use it against you. You will not be some anonymous guy with a microphone and a cameraman on his side; you will be Gary, or Clive, or Tony, with whom he will or will not have a feud from the get-go. (He will.)
Try to avoid the meta-interview An interview with Mr. Van Gaal will almost inevitably wind up being an interview about the interview, or more specifically, him asking questions about your questions. This will be the moment you feel the conversation is slipping away from you. Switch back to the studio, or it will end up on YouTube.
Stay under three minutes Try to get everything you need within that window. After that, the chances of hitting a conversational speed bump will statistically rise. You’ll start wandering into other realms of conversation (how about this or that rumour, Mr. Van Gaal?), or you will ask a question a second time, or he will say you did. After that, you’re on your own. Good luck, mate.
After David Moyes failed to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson, the Dutch manager has quite the job on his hands to return United to the glory days.
United are expected to spend big this summer when Van Gaal starts with the club.