Anfield owners draw up plans to bring in management ‘dream-team’.
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LOUIS VAN GAAL is in contention to become Liverpool’s new sporting director.
The Dutchman is a leading candidate to take up the role at Anfield with a younger manager working below him as a replacement for Kenny Dalglish.
Van Gaal, 60, won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995 and has also managed Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the Dutch national side.
He would bring much experience, with the Reds rudderless after the sacking of Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre last week said: “It will be more than one person in and around the role, dividing up the responsibilities. We are trying to create as much resource and expertise in all the areas that serve the manager and the football team, rather than having one or two people trying to achieve everything.”
Roberto Martinez is the front-runner for the manager’s job, although his Wigan midfielder James McArthur has urged him not to go to Anfield.
SOURCE: Daily Star
A plan to bring in an experienced sporting director to supervise a new manager is very much a European style approach to management and perhaps one that Liverpool’s new owners are looking to implement at the Anfield club and the appointment of an experienced candidate such as Louis Van Gaal would at least allay any grumblings over a move to bring in a relatively young boss such as Roberto Martinez.
Van Gaal is a ‘been there, done that’ veteran who has achieved a great deal in the course of his 25 year plus managerial career. The brash Dutchman, known for his no nonsense approach, has landed six domestic titles in three nations, a Champions League triumph and a host of other successes during his spells at Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Martinez has done well to keep Wigan in the top tier but is clearly without top level success but at 38 years of age he has shown he has the potential to succeed and perhaps more importantly plays football in a style that is pleasing on the eye and perhaps in tune with how Liverpool fans would like their side to play.
Liverpool’s American owners would do well to make an appoint in either position sooner rather than later as any period without a figurehead in place could leave their star players vulnerable to approaches from interested parties.