Louis van Gaal plans to go out on top, and he plans to do it at Manchester United, the 63-year-old Dutch manager has revealed in a lengthy, exclusive interview with the Telegraph.
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According to the Dutchman, he will end his (by then) 30-plus-year managerial career once his tenure at Man United comes to an end. Van Gaal’s current contract at United runs two more years, through the 2016-17 season.
Van Gaal, speaking to the Telegraph‘s Henry Winter:
“My wife wants to quit now already! Five years ago! I’m not married to my job. Of course, I am 24 hours a manager, but I am also 24 hours a father of my children, grandfather of my grandchildren and I am always 24 hours lover of my wife. I am married to my profession, more than with her. I see my PA more than my wife.
“I am also old. This is my last job. For sure. I have to pay attention to my kids, my grandchildren but also to my wife. They deserve it. Now I cannot pay that attention. I was not at the birthday of my grandson for example. I don’t like it.”
“We have to qualify for the Champions League and we have many tests next year. That also develops the level of your team, and of course how many players can come in to improve our selection.”
The assumption of many is that legendary Man United midfielder Ryan Giggs, currently an assistant on Van Gaal’s staff, is the manager-in-training for the future, that once Van Gaal departs, the reins will be handed over to Giggs, who managed United’s final four games of the 2013-14 following the departure of David Moyes.
The comedians among us might say, “Van Gaal must plan to coach for another 10 or 15 years, because United are nowhere near close to competing for the Premier League title.” Those of us indifferent to United would join the Liverpool and Manchester City fans in having a good chuckle at a decent jab.