Everyone associated with football clubs are a fickle bunch. Whether they are the hierarchy, managers or the fans, it seems that everyone is always at each other’s throat.
This topic has been running through the veins of both Manchester United and Bayern Munich during the past season, with the consequences resulting in two inside forces trying to overthrow the current system.
It seems that it wasn’t just the hierarchy and players but every single person associated with Manchester United, including the grounds man and fans had a massive part to play in the eventual sacking of David Moyes, after it was deemed that he had taken a great club and turned it into a mid-table side.
Funnily enough the same could be said about Bayern Munich who above anything else were attempting to create an era of Bavarian domination both domestically, and indeed in European football.
Although Guardiola succeeded in guiding Bayern Munich to a respectable double, consisting of their 24th and Bundesliga and 17th DFB Pokal titles it seems that his team’s embarrassing Champions League semi-final exit was only one of the club’s mildest concerns.
Indeed, just like Moyes it seems that the former Barcelona manger has alienated a large majority of the squad, including several of the club’s crown jewels.
Amongst household names such as Toni Kroos, Javi Martinez and Mario Mandzukic who have fallen out with Guardiola, there are players such as Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller, who despite declaring their passion to spend the rest of their careers playing the Allianz Arena outfit are also linked with a move away from the club.
Of course there is a slight difference between admitting your interest in leaving one of the major powerhouses of club football and making a move to a club where your future as a striving footballer could be placed in doubt.
However, footballer’s and indeed owners are a fickle bunch and although Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has constantly babbled on about keeping the likes of Kroos and Mandzukic, it’s elementary to say that a few wiffs of a couple of cases stashed full of five-hundred euro notes will quickly change things.
No player is bigger than a club, and when managers and owners are faced with either letting a player go for a tidy sum of money and to rebuild, or to feel the wrath of the footballer for the remainder of his contract, the situation to part company with a player becomes easier.
This is where Manchester United come in, in the fact that the appointment of Van Gaal can only be seen as a bad thing for Bayern.
You would have had to be hiding under a rock for the past month or unable to read if you were not aware on the implications that Van Gaal’s premiere appointment will have on the current club world champions.
The Dutchman’s two year tenure at Bayern was full of highs and lows, one season he was guiding the club to a respectable double and then the next making enemies not only with the hierarchy and the players but also with the fans.
Perhaps he is best known within Munich for turning a plain and old looking Bayern side which were struggling in the Bundesliga into a European power.
Along with his stern and work orientated attitude, he was the man responsible for spending over £60 million in bringing in Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez from Real Madrid and VfB Stuttgart respectively.
He was also responsible in promoting a number of youngsters from the academy and integrating them into a rejuvenated looking side.
Some of these players include the likes of Left-Back David Alaba, midfielder’s Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos as well as currently injured defender, Holger Badstuber, who between themselves have gone on to make over 800 appearances between themselves for Bayern and formed the crux of last year’s triple winning side.
Although their arteries are full of red Bayern blood, their veins run the icy cold blue colour of Van Gaal’s strict playing personality, which means that if Van Gaal ever came calling their head will be telling them to move to Manchester United, whilst their heart will be encouraging them to stay put.
Going back to the point about owners, managers and players being a fickle bunch it seems that the topic of loyalty fails to exist in this day and age, even if you happen to be raised and developed by your boyhood football team.
Guardiola has the job of keeping his best players and starting fresh again in the summer when he hopes to guide Bayern to their sixth European title, whilst Van Gaal has the impossible task of spending his £200 million war-chest in an attempt to turn the Red Devils back into a European power.
There are reports circulating around at the moment that the whole Bayern team are under the siege of the “King of Orange”, but the reality of it is that the only player likely to leave the doors of the Allianz Arena outfit will be Toni Kroos who in reality is not even a home-grown player.
In reality if Van Gaal was going to come and claim the German international for his new set-up then the Bayern hierarchy should be rubbing their hands considering that they originally bought him for less than £2 million from Hansa Rostock in 2006.
It is also extremley unlikely if he will succeed in brining Robben to Manchester United considering that the Dutch midfilder has just signed a new contract till 2017 and his age of 31 which might cause a few fights over the amount scribbled on the check book over his true value.
Like everything in life, you sometimes have to take a step back in order to achieve the best things, and if Van Gaal was going to prize any players from Bayern this summer there should be worry in the fact that they will have to find new players of the same quality, but in reality won’t do much to either club’s current position.
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