By Chris Wright
Heavily tipped to be taking over from David Moyes at Manchester United after the World Cup, Louis van Gaal has a bit of a reputation in football circles of – how can we put this delicately – being a bit of a deranged megalomaniac, with many cracking apocryphal stories and quotes being attributed to the man over the course of his long career in football.
Here are Pies’ five favourites…
1. Van Gaal is a keen enthusiast of making utterly bombastic quotes upon taking managerial jobs. Upon taking his first ever professional role at Ajax in 1991, Van Gaal shook the hand of the Dutch club’s director and supposedly told him: “Congratulations on signing the best coach in the world.”
Then, upon taking over at Barcelona in 1997, he used his first press conference to declare: “I have achieved more with Ajax in six years than Barcelona has in one hundred years.”
Then , after taking charge of the Holland national side in 2000, he opened his introductory press conference by saying: “I’ve signed a contract with the Dutch national team until 2006, so I can win the World Cup not once but twice.”
Sadly, history shows that this wasn’t quite the case.
2. When judging the man’s mental state,