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Could Capello partner Van Gaal?
According to The Guardian, Louis Van Gaal appears set to take over as sporting director on Merseyside.
Once made official, the appointment will have the effect of narrowing the prospective management field significantly. Should the Dutchman take over you can all but rule out some of the more senior names on the wish list.
The Independent makes the argument that Fabio Capello, another rumored option, probably does not want to work under a man “five years his junior.” They have a fair point.
A similar rule applies to Rafa Benitez, another potential choice. In the past, he sought full control over transfer activity. Working under Van Gaal is a major compromise in that case.
Further, this will be the fourth coach in the last two years. There is a clear need for stability. Liverpool is re-building, and it will not happen overnight.
Both factors point to the fact that a young coach is needed.
However, age by itself is not the only qualifier. Anfield needs a coach eyeing the long term. And while success is important now, someone looking at the post as a stepping stone is out of the question.
For this reason, I find Villas-Boas’ recent statements that “he is looking for a project,” one that is “solid and durable,” highly encouraging.
We cannot be having this same conversation a year from now. With the Portuguese at the helm, I do not think we will have to.