Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is as honest as they come.
That usually leads to bizarre comments to the media and a rather abrupt attitude by the 64-year-old coach is revered around the globe after his success with Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the Dutch national team.
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Speaking at the League Managers Association annual management conference, the current Manchester United manager gave some insight into his philosophy and style of coaching.
Turns out the Dutchman is a champ at delegating, as the Telegraph has the following quotes.
“I’m from a time where you [the manager] did everything,” Van Gaal said. Now I’m the manager and I have a sports science department, I have a scouting department, I have a medical department, I have assistant managers, I have assistant coaches. I don’t do anything … nothing! I delegate. I delegate and I earn a lot of money.”
These quotes are sure to be tongue in cheek but there’s not question that old school managers are disappearing in the game.
No longer is a manager the man who takes training and deals with buying and selling players. Technical directors, chief executives, transfer committee and everybody else in-between has their roles and in a roundabout why, that’s what LVG seems to be getting at.
Still, he also wanted to point out that he’s importance as an innovator and the fact that he was “the first coach to have a notepad” on the touchline.
“Feedback is very important … But I have to say that because when I don’t say that then I’m arrogant,” Van Gaal added. “I am also an innovator and I have changed a lot. I was the first coach who was with a notebook. Now everybody is with a notebook. I was the first coach who used video.
It’s hard not to enjoy the eccentricities of van Gaal. His contract runs out at United in the summer of 2017, and with the Red Devils well placed in both the Premier League and UEFA Champions League during his second season in charge at Old Trafford it’s hard to see the Amsterdammer not sticking around longer.
If he doesn’t extend his stay at United beyond the 2016-17 season then the Premier League will be a poorer place for it.