FC Bayern Munchen: Louis Van Gaal Sacked as Coach After Disastrous Season

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IApril 9, 2011

Louis Van Gaal
Louis Van GaalValerio Pennicino/Getty Images

The Bayern Munchen board members (Karl-Heinz Rummenige, Uli Hoeness and Karl Hopfner) conducted an emergency meeting with Sporting Director Christian Nerlinger. The meeting decided the fate of Louis Van Gaal after Bayern Munchen's draw against Nuernberg.

Louis Van Gaal was removed as coach after a terrible season, which included the 1-1 draw against Nuernberg in the Bundesliga. The result of Bayern Munchen's match against Nuernberg left the team in fourth place.

FC Bayern Munchen may not be able to compete in the 2011-2012 UEFA Champions League since the top three teams are the ones that are included. Frans Hoek, Jos Van Dijk and Max Reckers (Van Gaal's assistants) have been sacked as well.

Van Gaal will be replaced by Andries Jonker for the remainder of the Bundeslga season for FC Bayern Munchen.

The latest change will not affect the plans of Bayern Munchen for the 2011-2012 season. Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Leverkusen coach) is expected to take the helm in the next season.


What went wrong?

Van Gaal has had difficulty dealing with the problems facing Bayern Munchen. The Van Gaal era took a turn for the worst after Bayern Munchen's loss to Inter in March 2011.

The only person to blame has been Van Gaal himself, even though other players should share the blame. Van Gaal put more emphasis on passing and ball control instead of defense.

Van Gaal also clashed with the Bayern Munchen board members, who resented his dictatorial style and arrogance. The undignified treatment of Mark Van Bommel worsened the already tense relationship between the players and him.

The best that FC Bayern Munchen can do is salvage what remains of its current season and start from the beginning in the 2011-2012 Bundesliga.

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