Van Gaal: I don’t do anything…but I earn a lot of money

Date published: Thursday 19th November 2015 10:30

Louis van Gaal: More criticism of the Manchester United boss

Louis van Gaal: More criticism of the Manchester United boss

Louis van Gaal admits his main role as Manchester United manager is to delegate responsibilities to other members of his backroom staff.

The Dutchman was speaking at the LMA annual management conference, where he revealed how much the job of manager has changed since he first started at Ajax in 1991.

“I’m from a time where you [the manager] did everything,” he 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 [Laughs].”

Throughout his tenure as boss at Old Trafford, Van Gaal has been criticised for the often uninspiring style of football Manchester United play.

Many supporters have become disillusioned by the 64-year-old’s unwillingness to adapt his “philosophy”, which focusses on patient retention of possession.

However the former Barcelona manager defended his approach, insisting that it can take time for the players to get used to his methods, while he also hit back at Paul Scholes claims he cannot coach attractive football.

“[At Ajax] we won everything with very attacking football. I don’t say it too much because otherwise Mr Scholes will be very angry,” he said.

“When you see my press conferences, I’m discussing a lot my philosophy. Sometimes, the media is not very proud of it. But, sometimes, they are firmly crazy for it because I explain a lot.

“It takes always a little bit of time to transfer the message. I’m training in the brain – a lot of things in the brain – because football is not a sport of legs, it is a sport of brain, and tactics. So, that takes a lot of time.

“All the players have to sustain that process and that’s not easy. Praise is better than to be negative, it is true. But, sometimes, I’m sorry, you have to be negative also.”

Perhaps less surprisingly the 64-year-old also accepted that he can be arrogant at times.

“Sometimes I have a horrible time because I am too arrogant, I say things how they are. It’s the most difficult way but you shall survive,” he added.

“And I think also that you touch people in the heart. As a leader, you have to touch people, and not superficially but now in the heart.”

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    Rob Conlon
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    Louis van Gaal admits his main role as Manchester United manager is to delegate responsibilities to other members of his backroom staff.

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    Elvis
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    Very arrogant.

    #711886

    emmicallef
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    Was Sir Alex arrogant as well ? He said as much as well.And do you believe that in today’s world a football manager can do it all alone like they used to do yesteryear ? In spite of this do you sincerely believe that LVG and his ilk would not have all the fingers in both hands and feet in everything that would be going on around,in-front,behind him and to the left and right sides and up and down below him for good measure.Check what makes a high profile manager tick and tell us what place is delegation is in that list.I think he was just jesting saying ” I don’t do anything”.

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    evratime
    evratime
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    I’d recommend watching the video of this interview if you get the chance, as it has been twisted somewhat drastically here, predictably.

    What he said about not doing anything was clearly a joke, but also a comparison to when he cut his teeth in management when the manager did everything, compared to the complex beast that it is today. In the full interview, he talks about how he paid the £100k fee for Jari Litmanen with his own money, and how Ajax’s finances were so dire that him bringing through such a high number of the academy players at the same was purely circumstantial, as they couldn’t afford to bring in proven players.

    And of course he is arrogant. What successful manager wasn’t? If you don’t believe you’re the best, then how can you be the best? Fergie, Mourinho, Pep, Ancelotti in the 90s (he’s cooled a bit in recent years), even Rafa Benitez all have a certain swagger about them. They need it. Management isn’t for nice guys. It’s for the ruthless.

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    Elvis
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    emmicallef – Whoever made this up (if that´s what´s been done) is showing arrogance.

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    Blacky
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    @elvis – I think it’s time for you to ‘leave the building’ matey!.

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