Following David Moyes' dismissal at Manchester United, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal reportedly wants to take over at Old Trafford as his successor.
Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required) writes that the experienced manager, who will lead Netherlands in this summer's World Cup, is the hot favourite to take over at the fallen giant after Moyes' services were terminated by United.
David McDonnell and Alan Nixon of The Mirror have also reported that van Gaal is expected to meet with the United board this week.
Van Gaal is currently at his villa in Portugal’s Algarve and is expecting a meeting there with a delegation from the Old Trafford giants to discuss the prospect of taking over from Moyes.
The Dutch coach has already held talks with Tottenham but the 62-year-old is said to be holding out for the United job, which is why he has yet to commit to Spurs.
The Reds' US owners, the Glazer family, are making £200 million available to strengthen the squad this summer, and are not willing to trust Moyes with that kind of money. They want a proven winner instead.
Moyes has suffered much criticism after a poor season from United. The Red Devils have lost 11 games this season in the Premier League, per Squawka, with Moyes' tactics widely held responsible.
Recently, van Gaal said he wanted to manage in the Premier League after being linked with the Tottenham manager's job:
Sam Matterface, of TalkSport and ITV Sport, commented prior to Tuesday's big development that he believed Moyes would be dismissed from his position, and that despite the underlying issues within the United squad, the manager must take his share of the responsibility.
#MUFC to dismiss Moyes and no one is surprised. He may be a very good man, and he inherited a squad in decline. But he also under performed— Sam Matterface (@sammatterface) April 21, 2014
Moyes' tenure at United was nothing short of a disaster, and he has unequivocally proven that his tactical failing as a coach has hugely contributed to United's downfall this season.
There is little doubt that some of the squad needed to be moved on and revamped. However, to currently stand so far away from Champions League qualification is unacceptable for a team as big as United.
Moyes did need time to get things right, but the top four was a minimum requirement for him to keep his job, and he has missed this goal by too far a margin.
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He will regret his two transfer windows where he failed to bring in the players he not only desired but essentially needed for his team to have a competitive season.
Despite Sir Alex Ferguson's full backing, the Glazer family could not risk their huge investment in United being further damaged by a man who has flattered to deceive month after month during his reign.
Van Gaal is an experienced club coach who has managed some of the biggest teams in world football. He commands respect from his players in a way that Moyes never could.
His appointment would stabilise United at a time when it is most needed, as they attempt to bring some of the world's best talent to Old Trafford in the forthcoming months.