Redknapp: Louis van Gaal couldn't have done what Steve Bruce did

Louis Van Gaal

Harry Redknapp has lashed out at Premier League owners for not appointing British managers and claims Louis van Gaal couldn't have emulated Steve Bruce's success with Hull City.

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has been using the Daily Mail to plug his latest book, A Man Walks on to a Pitch,and focused his latest column on the English manager becoming extinct.

Harry Redknapp has questioned new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal and claimed the Dutchman wouldn't have been able to do a better job with Hull City than Steve Bruce did last year. 

He wrote: 'Louis van Gaal couldn't have done a better job with Hull City than Steve Bruce did last year. Yet did his heroics in the League and FA Cup create even a ripple at Old Trafford? Was Steve, a great competitor and wonderful player for United, even considered for the Manchester United job?

'OK, a few times in his career it hasn't worked out but that would be true of Van Gaal, too, if he had spent his managerial life at clubs like Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town or Hull.

'I don't understand why owners suddenly lost faith in British managers. Unless Frank Lampard or John Terry gets the job, do you see Roman Abramovich appointing an Englishman to Chelsea? Or even a British manager? Maybe Brendan Rodgers might come into the frame, but would he leave Liverpool for Stamford Bridge? 

'Foreign players, foreign coaches, foreign owners.' 

The irony, of course, is that Manchester United did look to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson with a British coach - David Moyes - but it didn't work out. 

Louis van Gaal has proven himself at the top-level with big clubs all around Europe. For Manchester United, after the Moyes disaster, going for a reputable manager to get fans back on side was the only option. 

Steve Bruce is a good manager, and to some extent, it's agreeable that Louis van Gaal would have at least struggled to achieve what Bruce did with Hull last season. However, the same could be said with Steve Evans at Rotherham United, Sean Dyche at Burnley and Steve McClaren at Derby County. All good managers that have excelled in their current environment and gone on to have relative success. 

Certain managers, mentioning no names, are more suited to a certain level and brand of football. For an example, a manager who can get the very best out of an average player in the lower leagues may not be a manager that can get the best out of very good players in the top leagues. 

Steve Bruce, if he wants to eventually manage at the top level, will have to put himself in the public eye consistently over a long period of time, similar to Moyes.

An FA Cup final certainly isn't enough to warrant one of the top jobs in the world as they tend to go to the most proven, suitable candidate, usually a manager that has proven it over a length of time, regardless of where they were born.

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