Confirmed reports from Old Trafford indicate that the flying Dutchman, Louis van Gaal, is to leave Manchester United, with immediate effect.
Even though the British Press had latched onto the breaking news some hours ago, I refused to publish it here – mindful of the past six-months “sacking of Van Gaal” by the shark-infested British Press.
However, I confirmed the Van Gaal sack from my contacts at Old Trafford and further became convinced when the Manchester United official website www.manutd.com published the news – which I consider a sad news for me.
Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said:
“I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equaling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries). He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future.”
Reports indicate that a decision on a successor as manager will be announced soon.
Speculations have been swirling that the equally sacked Jose Mourinho (who was himself sacked by Chelsea FC) is to take over at Old Trafford.
That saddens me too . . .
I have never been a fan of Jose Mourinho and I still think he is not a perfect fit for the ethos and traditions of the establishment club and biggest football club in the world, Manchester United.
Louis Van Gaal Statement After His Sack
Louis van Gaal issued the following statement at 20:30 BST this evening (Monday May 23, 2016)
“It has been an honour to manage such a magnificent club as Manchester United FC, and in doing so, I have fulfilled a long-held ambition.
I am immensely proud to have helped United win the FA Cup for the 12th time in the club’s history. I have been privileged during my management career to have won 20 trophies but winning the FA Cup, which is steeped in so much history, will always be one of the most special achievements of my career.
I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success.
I hope that winning the FA Cup will give the club a platform to build upon next season to restore the success that this passionate set of fans desire.
Having managed in Holland, Spain and Germany, I had always hoped for the opportunity to manage in English football and be part of English culture. Both of these experiences have lived up to expectations and been fantastic.
I thank my players and wish them well for next season. It has been a pleasure to work with them and it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look forward to watching the continued development of these young players next season.
Thank you to the owners and board of Manchester United for giving me the opportunity to manage this great club.
I would also like to express my gratitude to the amazing United supporters. They are truly the best fans in the world.
I am indebted to my support and coaching staff, who have given me their all during their time at the club.
I am deeply grateful to each and every member of the club’s staff – the sports science team, the medical team, the kit and laundry department, club administration, the press office, the manager’s team, the Academy team, ground staff and the catering team, both at Old Trafford stadium and Carrington training ground, all of whom have given me their unwavering support in my time at United. Never in my 25 years as a manager have I been so well supported in my role.
Finally, my special thanks go to Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton for always making me and my family feel so welcome throughout my time as Manchester United manager.”
– Louis Van Gaal
I must say that I expected the Manchester United Board to have allowed Van Gaal to finish his contract. This would have allowed him to prepare the team for next seasons’ football competitions and further cement his much cherished football philosophy of caution and ball possession and later: attack! attack!! attack!!! – Tiki Taka – which Van Gaal himself had introduced and debuted in FC Barcelona (Barca).
I am tempted to say: “No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin” However, I’ll not huff and puff. I’m very sad. I can’t believe that Loius Van Gaal has left – gone – from Manchester United – for good – wow!
What a shame!
I’m sad – but hey, I’m still a Man United fan – Jose Mourinho or no Jose Mourinho.
Up Man U!