Louis van Gaal is new Man United manager
Current Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal will take up the hottest hot seat in football following the World Cup, as he was today announced as the new Manchester United manager.
May 19th, 2014
The 62-year old Dutchman signed a three-year contract to replace David Moyes, who lasted just ten months of his own six-year deal at Old Trafford.
It’s also been confirmed that Ryan Giggs, who filled the four-game gap between the two men, will become assistant manager. Giggs today announced his immediate retirement from playing at the age of 40.
“To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud,” said van Gaal. “I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are.”
Following van Gaal’s trip with the Netherlands squad to next month’s World Cup – which they’re a rather un-fanciable 28-1 to win with bet 365 – he’ll take charge of a Manchester United side which will, for the first time in 25 years, not have a European challenge to face. United had also until last weekend never finished a Premier League season any lower than third.
Moyes’ 10-month reign of terror as manager came to an end a month ago, before player-coach Ryan Giggs stepped in for the final four games of the Premier League season. His subsequent appointment as assistant manager has meant the end of his legendary playing career, which according to the BBC averaged out at a major trophy per every 28 matches he played.
“I am immensely proud, honoured and fortunate to have represented the biggest club in the world 963 times and Wales 64 times,” wrote Giggs in an open letter. “United fans, I hope, will share and echo my belief that the club, the management and owners, are doing everything they can to return this great club to where it belongs. I hope to be there every step of the way.”