After they dismissed German hero Jurgen Klinsmann earlier this season, Bayern Munich today announced Dutchman Louis Van Gaal as their manager. This puts the big guy back on the big stage. Great appointment.
Van Gaal is an ambitious man who has achieved much success in his homeland. His Ajax team dominated Dutch football in the 1990’s. They won the Eredivisie 3 times. They also won the UEFA Cup and the Champions League. His team was a who’s who in Dutch football. Edgar Davids. Patrick Kluivert. Marc Overmars. Edwin van der Sar. Brothers Frank and Ronald De Boer. They were simply delicious.
The Dutch master also won La Liga twice with Barcelona. His only major failure was not getting the Dutch team he managed to the World Cup Finals. It was a bitterly disappointing outcome for a team that usually shines and entertains on the big stage. Who knows. He could get another shot if he does well at Bayern Munich. Why not right? The German giants have certainly got themselves a quality manager at club level. Van Gaal understands how to win championships. He will add some bite to Bayern again. Can he convince Ribery to stay?