Liverpool Rumours: Why the Fans Would Love to See Louis Van Gaal at Anfield

Pradeep Kumar@@peepu92Featured ColumnistMay 30, 2012

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 23:  FC Bayern Muenchen head ccoach Louis van Gaal looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Inter Milan v FC Bayern Muenchen on February 23, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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What a busy few weeks it has been for everyone connected to Liverpool Football Club.

On one hand, rumours over the successor to the post vacated by Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish refuses to die down.

From Roberto Martinez to Pep Guardiola, media speculations over the next manager have led to large scale public anxiety and expectation to know the person who will finally land the job.

And on the other hand, the club’s handling of this saga and their proposal to install a new working structure at Anfield has come in for criticism from a few elderly figures of the Premier League.

The proposed new structure will see the next Liverpool manager only concerning himself with on-field affairs of the team. The other responsibilities, including identifying and purchasing of transfer targets, will now be the concern of a trio of technical directors.

And that should certainly end any and all hope that the Liverpool board may have had to lure a high profile name to the job at Anfield.

In that case, the role of the Director of Football becomes all the more serious and important.

For the folks that aren’t quite yet used to English clubs with a technical director in its hierarchy, let me explain the responsibility that comes with the position.

A Director of Football is in charge of proposing a footballing philosophy to the liking of the supporters and the owners. Players who’d fit this style of football are then identified as potential transfer targets and are then purchased.

SWANSEA, WALES - MAY 13:  Swansea City Manager Brendan Rodgers (r) chats to Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium on May 13, 2012 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by
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The manager’s duty is to utilise the players and make them play according to the set philosophy and successfully manage to produce the goods on the pitch.

This setup accelerates the rate at which a club grows, because the manager need not concern himself with stamping his mark over the style of football that a team plays.

In the instance of a manager being let go due to lack of results, the incoming manager need not worry over bringing an order to the team by inculcating a style of football because the framework is already in place.

As some of the Liverpool supporters may reluctantly admit, one of the major reasons for Kenny’s shortened stay as boss of Liverpool was the failure of the club’s new signings to shine.

Plus the inflated fees doled out to acquire the services of a player proved to be the undoing of Damien Comolli.

Kenny, just like any other manager, set about stamping his style over the football played at Anfield. When he tried to achieve this with probably the wrong players in the mix, the plan backfired massively and ultimately proved to be his undoing.

This approach also resulted in the club recording a high figure of operating loss for the last season. Although kit sponsorship deals rubs off the effect of the pinch, a third successive season out of the lucrative Champions League offers no respite for the club.

FSG couldn’t probably let this trend to grow and now feel the need to have a structure where a group of people will take the responsibility of the club’s fortunes and misfortunes instead of the manager becoming the lone ranger and bearing the collective grunt of the board of directors.

Now, where does Louis van Gaal figure in all of this?

As explained in previous statements, due to the nature of the working structure that FSG are proposing, no high profile manager would want their names involved in the mix.

Jose Mourinho’s power struggles with ex-sporting director at Real Madrid, Jorge Valdano, offers proof as to why a high profile candidate will not find the Anfield job to his liking.

So, that leaves us with Roberto Martinez and Swansea’s own Brendan Rodgers.

Reports from earlier today stated that Martinez had declined to work under such a structure and that Rodgers has, as a result, become the front-runner for the job.

Keeping in mind the proposed structure at Anfield and the prospect of a young, inexperienced manager being appointed to the hot seat, the guidance of a tough talking wise head with vast experience in footballing activities is required.

And this is where Louis van Gaal fits the bill.

Rumour mills over the past week had linked the outspoken Dutchman to the job of the technical director at Anfield.

Although van Gaal still prefers to be a manager handling day-to-day first team affairs, the lure of a much powerful position as a Director of Football at Anfield may tempt him.

There have been a few reports in the press about how his “dictatorial approach” could destroy a young manager’s confidence.

But the former Ajax and Bayern Munich coach, who is equally notorious for his antics, is probably the best fit due to the unlimited wealth of experience that he brings with him. Very few candidates can rival him over that aspect.

If van Gaal is appointed, expect Liverpool to move away from the spirit of Shankly era into a modern age that may well result in decades of dominance.

At least, the appointment of such an experienced and reliable figure will give the supporters something to cheer as most of them are still smarting over FSG’s decision to rid Liverpool of Dalglish only to replace him with a younger, inexperienced person.


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