Dutchman is currently working as the Netherlands national team head coach.
Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has controversially questioned city rivals Manchester United’s soon-to-be appointment of Louis van Gaal as the Premier League champions next head coach, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
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The experienced Dutch trainer is set to be confirmed as the successor to the recently sacked David Moyes in the Old Trafford hot seat by the middle of next week after the Scot was surprisingly given his marching orders last Tuesday.
However, Soriano has queried the 62-year-old’s appointment at the Theatre of Dreams, claiming that Van Gaal is so hot headed that he eventually falls out with everyone he works with.
“If you treat your people badly, they remember. One day you make an error and they kill you. I’ve seen this in many clubs,” Soriano said at a football conference back in March.
“Louis van Gaal has been a very good coach in many clubs but his style is very difficult. The same thing happened to him in Barcelona as in Bayern Munich.
“He is very tough, people don’t like him, but he wins. And one day you don’t win — and when you don’t win, everybody that is angry with you will come back to you and try to kill you.
“In the movies this works, in real life it doesn’t.
“Before you decide how to manage your team, decide what they need.
“Do you need to be more direct? Do you need to delegate more? Do you need to be more of a coach? Are you able to manage people? How much do you know about your job? How can you be a leader if you don’t manage people well and don’t know what you are talking about?”
Meanwhile, Soriano also said in his 2012 book ‘Goal: The Ball Doesn’t Go In By Chance’: “Louis van Gaal has won titles with different teams, big and small, and he’s thought to have little empathy and social skills.
“I couldn’t help but smile when I heard Uli Hoeness, Bayern Munich’s [then] technical director, explain why Van Gaal wouldn’t continue to coach the Bavarian team: ‘Van Gaal doesn’t listen, it has to be whatever he says’.
“It seems his reputation is justified.”
Soriano was also the chief executive at La Liga champions FC Barcelona, where Van Gaal was manager on two different occasions, the second of which resulted in the Dutchman being given his marching orders by the Catalan giants in January 2003, with the Spaniard then joining Barca later that year.
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