Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal could not have done any better at Hull City last season than Steve Bruce did because British managers are not given the opportunities foreign coaches are, according to Harry Redknapp.
QPR's manager is releasing a new book and in it he reveals his fears that English or British managers have stopped being given enough chances to perform at the top clubs.
Extracts from a new book being run by the Daily Mail see Redknapp insist the new boss at Old Trafford would not have been able to exceed the success experienced by his colleague at the Tigers.
Bruce led Hull to their highest ever Premier League position of 16th with a record haul of 376 points, they also made it to the FA Cup final but were beaten by Arsenal in extra-time, having taken a 2-0 lead early in the game.
Not enough recognition
Redknapp feels that this kind of success with limited resources is brilliant managing, but he does not believe the Manchester United legends success would have been noticed by Red Devils officials. Further to this, the former Tottenham Hotspur boss claimed Van Gaal would be unlikely to emulate Bruce's successes if he had been in charge at clubs of similar stature.
"Louis van Gaal couldn’t have done a better job with Hull City than Steve Bruce did last year," he said.
"Yet did his heroics in the League and FA Cup create even a ripple at Old Trafford? Was Steve, a great competitor and wonderful player for United, even considered for the Manchester United job?
"OK, a few times in his career it hasn’t worked out but that would be true of Van Gaal, too, if he had spent his managerial life at clubs like Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town or Hull."
A United great
Bruce was a key figure in Sir Alex Ferguson's first title-winning side and he is still held in high regard by fans at Old Trafford, but it is unlikely the the Manchester United faithful would be too enthused if he was appointed as manager.
Especially so after the disastrous tenure of David Moyes last season, which saw the club finish a dismal seventh in defence of the Premier League title won by Ferguson in his final season. Moyes had even had more sustained success at a bigger club than Bruce has managed, apart from Sunderland perhaps, and even he could not provide the stature and leadership needed to successfully manage one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Redknapp may also be doing a disservice to Van Gaal's powers of management with limited resources. After leaving Barcelona in 2003, the former Ajax player took a break from management before taking over at AZ Alkmaar in 2005. By no means one of Holland's biggest clubs, Van Gaal stabilised the struggling club and eventually led them to the Eredivisie title in 2009.
Redknapp's book, entitled 'A Man Walks On To A Pitch', comes along at a time when the headlines have been dominated by a series of other sports books. Rio Ferdinand has made a number of revelations regarding his time at Manchester United, but the most headlines have come from the books released by Roy Keane and former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen.