Louis van Gaal says Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was “the evil genius” behind his sacking in 2016.
Van Gaal, 68, was sacked at Old Trafford after winning the FA Cup in his final game, two years after replacing David Moyes.
Fourth and fifth-placed finishes in the Premier League were not enough to keep the Dutchman at the helm and he was replaced by Jose Mourinho within days of his May 2016 sacking.
But Van Gaal does not blame the Portuguese coach, who has since taken the top job at Tottenham.
“I blame Ed Woodward, my CEO at Manchester United, much more than Mourinho,” Van Gaal told the Een-tweetje met Yves podcast. “In my view, Woodward is the evil genius.”
Van Gaal has also revealed how he held talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who left his house in the Netherlands in the boot so not to arouse suspicions on a move for the coach.
“Daniel Levy went to my house here in Noordwijk and left in the trunk, because Jack van Gelder [a local journalist] was outside”, Van Gaal said.
“It took a long time and he actually gave Manchester United the opportunity to make an offer.”
Van Gaal officially announced his retirement in early 2019 and has resisted the urge to return to the game.
“I am a pensioner now,” he told Dutch TV show VTBL. “I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit.
“My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago and followed me when I went abroad. I told her I would quit as a coach when I turned 55, but instead kept going until I was 65
“She is entitled to have a life with me outside of football. I can say she is very happy. I think I could have worked as a technical director.”