Manchester United's Stretford End will not welcome Louis van Gaal's appointment as manager of the club by adorning the stand with a new banner, it was revealed on Monday.
Stretford End Flags, the group responsible for David Moyes' "The Chosen One" banner being hung from their setting last season, confirmed the decision via their official Twitter account:
The Moyes banner was made to show support for the new manager, as was the call by Fergie. The next manager will not have a banner made #mufc— Stretford End Flags (@SEF_MUFC) May 19, 2014
Van Gaal was confirmed as Manchester United manager on Monday afternoon following a period of waiting in which the Netherlands boss' announcement at the helm was delayed on several occasions:
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward told the club's official website:
In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today. He has achieved many things in his career to date and Old Trafford provides him with a fitting stage on which to write new chapters in the Manchester United story.
Marcus Christenson of The Guardian adds that Ryan Giggs will take his role as Van Gaal's assistant manager, as predicted:
And there it is: Louis van Gaal appointed. Ryan Giggs appointed assistant manager. #MUFC— Marcus Christenson (@m_christenson) May 19, 2014
Moyes' label as "The Chosen One" was of course a reference to Sir Alex Ferguson's selection of him as successor to the very throne he had occupied so indomitably for near enough all of his 26 years in the position.
Ultimately, the heralding was found to be premature. The Scot failed to last even a whole season in the hot seat, never mind do what was suggested in the tag and achieve similar success as his predecessor.
The banner itself didn't necessarily have a negative impact on Moyes' success—or lack thereof—but it appears the faithful of the Stretford End will not make the same mistake twice, asking the next boss to prove himself before a banner is erected.
In the wake of Ferguson's departure, the next manager was always going to be taking on a job of mountainous proportions, and it is perhaps acceptable that Moyes failed in that task. However, to see two managers fail so miserably in a row would be all the more difficult to recover from.
The BBC's Gary Lineker made the sentiment in April that the role after Moyes was the truly desirable one:
Always thought the manager's job to have at Manchester United was the one after the one after Sir Alex.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 21, 2014
Van Gaal, having now officially taken on the task he's so long been tipped for, will be under a crushing amount of pressure to take the club back to the glory days seen by Ferguson—banner or no banner.
That being said, in the interest of hexes and voodoos, this is one celebration of their managerial marvel that United's most loyal servants are willing to go without.
For now, at least.