New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been talking about the happy camp he believes he now has as Holland boss.
Dutch squads heading to international tournaments have, at times in the past, been rumoured to be blighted by in-fighting. But as the 62-year-old prepares his 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup, he spoke of harmony in the camp.
In quotes published by the Daily Mail, the 62-year-old said, “It’s also dependent on the management; it is not only the players.
“I think it is about the relationship between a manager and his squad.”
This Dutch side seems markedly different from the one back in 2002, during van Gaal’s initial tenure as national team boss.
“In my first episode there was that (disruption) but I have understood now. They like me now. I feel there are not any problems. We have a very good relationship.”
That will be music to the ears of United supporters eager to see van Gaal take charge at Old Trafford.
There were rumours of disharmony under former boss David Moyes and, true or not, it is clear this United side need some stability and a man confident to take the reins but enforce his rules in order to get them winning again.
As van Gaal himself noted of the Dutch side, “It is also dependent on the results. At this moment we don’t lose so much.”
That is the first thing United’s new manager will be hoping to do for them – reintroduce that winning mentality. With that comes player satisfaction and with that comes improved performances.
Van Gaal will know that all too well, and you sense he has learned a lot in the past; lessons that could ultimately see his new club benefit considerably.