Why Liverpool FC Shouldn't Hire Louis Van Gaal as Reds' Sporting Director

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 21:  Coach Louis van Gaal looks on during the Bayern Munich training session prior to the UEFA Champions League Final match versus Inter Milan at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 21, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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If Liverpool were to hire Louis van Gaal as the club's sporting director, it would be a huge mistake for the club.

There has been quite a bit of turnover at the club as a result of the Reds' poor league season. Damien Comolli didn't even make it to the end of the season as he was sacked in April.

One of the biggest names linked to the open position is the Dutchman van Gaal.

It's certainly hard to argue with his resume.

He's won league titles with Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona. Van Gaal led Ajax to a Champions League title in 1995, a runner-up finish the following year and a runner-up finish with Bayern Munich in 2010.

Van Gaal's style also makes him an attractive option for Liverpool and supporters alike. Granted, there are some differences, as his style mirrors that of the famous Total Football archetype of the Ajax and Dutch national teams of the 1970s.

Roberto Martinez appears poised to take over as manager as the Spaniard is in Miami to talk things over with owner John Henry.

He and van Gaal look on paper to be a good combination.

At the end of this past season, Martinez had Wigan playing a very attractive 3-4-3, which was very successful for the Latics.

When Ajax was at its peak under van Gaal, it was also often with a 3-4-3.

What Martinez would lack in European experience, van Gaal could make up in terms of preparation.

However, there's one huge monkey wrench in this plan: Van Gaal wants the manager job too.

You can't really begrudge van Gaal for making public his desire to be Liverpool manager. Despite his antics at times, the Dutchman is a world-class manager.

However, with this knowledge, FSG would be smart to avoid van Gaal now. Hiring him does Martinez absolutely no favors.

The situation sounds an awful lot like the hiring of Roy Hodgson two years ago. Kenny Dalglish was a part of the managerial hiring committee, but he made known that he had his eyes on the job himself.

From that moment on, you could argue that Hodgson was a dead man walking.

Once Dalglish announced his interest, there was only one option for Liverpool manager at that point: Dalglish.

Granted, van Gaal isn't a club legend; you have to wonder that the second things start going poorly for Martinez, supporters wouldn't begin looking to van Gaal to save the club.

After all, the biggest criticism in the eyes of Liverpool supporters about Martinez at this stage is much the same as Hodgson's was: He's never managed a big club.

It isn't as if van Gaal would purposely undermine Martinez by doing a poor job as sporting director, but his presence will cast a rather large shadow.

Hiring Martinez represents building a project at Liverpool. The last thing he would need is to have supporters calling to have the club's own sporting director replace him.