Louis van Gaal would be an excellent and logical choice to repair the damage done under the David Moyes era. However, some fans, and now Sir Alex himself, are suggesting that if Ryan Giggs performs well in the remaining four games of the season, that he should be considered as the next full-time manager. This is utter stupidity. Simply put, Man United are in the position they are because of a deluded sense of sentimentality and unwillingness to get with the times.
The deluded romantic fantasy of passing the torch to Moyes, the so-called "Chosen One", has failed dramatically, and was always destined to do so. His qualifications were somewhat admirable, but nothing exceptional. But he was familiar. Ferguson liked him, and around the club, Ferguson's influence is still much too strong for the club to ever move on from his departure.
The murmurings of some passionate fellow United fans that playing legend Giggs is in line for the job on a longer term basis is a situation stemming from a stubborn sentimentality, and unwillingness to change. He is seen as a great player, a lasting hero from the glorious Ferguson era. And Ferguson today has come out with his seal of approval for him to get the managerial job on a permanent basis, without him having even taken control of a single game. It all sounds too perfect. Much like last summer.
But while we're talking about former United legends getting into management, what of? Steve Bruce, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mark Hughes, Roy Keane. Would they get the job? Many would have thought Roy Keane was destined for a glorious career in management for his demonstrated leadership, passion, intelligence and determination on the pitch. How well did those traits transfer to management? Not well by all accounts.
It is about time that the club gets with the times, and stop living in the past like Liverpool chose to do when appointing Graeme Souness after their period of dominance. Then a talented young manager, in the form of Alex Ferguson, was in charge of their greatest rivals, playing an exciting, direct style of football to "knock them off their perch". There is a real danger of role reversal in 2014 if Manchester United still clings on to it's past glories.
Some fans just don't seem to be having Van Gaal. Presumably because he's foreign. He may not have the so-called "experiance" to manage in the Premier League, if one is to read some of the insight on social networking sites. Yet his successes speak for themselves. He wins trophies. And has done so in several countries, not to mention on a continental level. Yet the Premier League is supposedly vastly superior to anything else in the footballing world if we are to believe the drivel. So he does not deserve a chance?
The images of a smiling Ryan Giggs may comfortably remind fans of him lifting numerous trophies, and maybe that's why this idea appeals to so many. Yet, it is a misguided fantasy that has got United into the crisis they are in. A sense of entitlement and passive romanticism that has left the club in the mire that it is. Much in the same way Liverpool was about 20 or so years ago. Stubborn sentimentality is akin to the pride before the fall.
It is not appropriate to simply discount the contribution former greats have given to the club in the past; there is still a place for them at the club. It is possible to keep on some great players like Giggs and Scholes in backroom roles. These roles are in the form of being ambassadors or coaches. It is important to remember where one has been in order to progress. They can be a source of inspiration and assistance, but not the focal point of the future successes.
United need a total shake up and a reality check. He does not care for living in the past according to former Bayern Munich sporting director Christian Nerlinger. According to Nerlinger "for Van Gaal, it is not about who you are, what you have cost or what you have done...it is about performance, behaviour and professionalism. These are the things that count for him."
The first step has been taken after the Moyes debacle born of the same sentimentality that the latest rumours of Giggs getting the permanent managerial position. Thankfully, Van Gaal, a confident, proven, innovative and experienced coach is highly likely to take the job, if even just for a few years to shake up and re-invigorate the club; to lay the groundwork for the future, as he has done in the past at clubs such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Hopefully after this vital work is done, the reigns can be handed over to Jurgen Klopp come 2018 when his contract expires at his beloved Dortmund, to enter the club into a new period of glory, with the likes of Giggs, Scholes, Neville keeping the link to past greatness which will inspire the manager and players alike.
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