Calling Louis van Gaal an “arrogant bastard” looks as though it is going to lead to trouble for one Swansea City director, as the Welsh club admitted that disciplinary action could be taken.
Manchester United’s manager was reportedly the subject of the insult following the Swans’ 1-0 victory in the Premier League clash on Saturday. Director John van Zweden is the supposed guilty party and looks like he could be in trouble.
According to the Daily Mail, Van Zweden was being followed by a Dutch television crew, who were filming for a documentary that is expected to be aired in Holland this week. The victory meant Swansea completed a Premier League double over the Red Devils for the first time in their history.
Now chairman Huw Jenkins has gone public with his insistence that this kind of behaviour is not what Swansea expect of any of their officials and that there would be a full investigation that could lead to action being taken.
“It is disappointing that one of our directors has apparently made a statement in the media in relation to a manager of another football club,” Jenkins is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail report.
“Our football club prides itself on having a good working relationship with all Premier League clubs, managers and staff.
“We feel we have built up that good relationship over a number of years and will continue to work hard to preserve our image within the Premier League and the game in general at all costs.
“If any of our directors behave in an inappropriate and unprofessional manner not befitting this football club then they will be dealt with internally and appropriately.”
It Gets Worse
Insulting Van Gaal was bad enough, but Van Zweden’s case isn’t going to be helped by a couple of the Tweets he posted after the game. It was a bit of good old-fashioned baiting of a defeated opponent, but the fact he called out Van Gaal and two other fellow Dutchmen, Robin van Persie and Daley Blind, looks worse now.
NOTE: Van Zweden refers to himself as ‘The wallpaperking’ because he made his fortune in wallpaper.
It was a miserable evening all round for Manchester United and defeat meant they dropped into fourth place, being overtaken in by rivals Arsenal following the Gunners’ hard-fought win over Crystal Palace.
Small Club Tendencies
Van Gaal may not be the most likeable of manager’s in world football, but it all seems a bit unnecessary. Jenkins knows that how club officials conduct themselves is important to the image they give off.
He may only be one of the directors and not have much to do with the public face of the club, but the insulting and the goading of Manchester United players and their manager in a public forum shows a lack of class and a small club mentality.