Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has risked reopening old wounds by criticising Louis van Gaal's management style. The Manchester United boss, according to Koeman, works by striking fear into his players.
Koeman and Van Gaal worked together in harmony as a player and a coach at Barcelona but later fell out at Ajax where Van Gaal was sporting director and Koeman the head coach.
The Saints boss has revealed that he has a totally different way of managing his players, claiming Van Gaal actively makes sure his players fear him. He did, however, admit that he learnt a lot from his compatriot whilst at Barcelona.
A big difference
He told The Mirror: "There is a big difference between him and me as managers. I was his assistant at Barcelona after the World Cup in 1998. I learned a lot of things from him, but the way he handles his players is totally different from the way I work. I don't put as much pressure on the shoulder of players.
"When you have Van Gaal in charge, it is a fact that there is fear in his team"
"When you bring Van Gaal in the house, you bring in quality, but you also bring in someone who thinks he knows everything and that will cause clashes.
"When you have Van Gaal in charge, it is a fact that there is fear in his team. The players have a fear for Mr Van Gaal. That is not always good."
More bad press
Amazingly, Koeman was not the only Premier League figure to throw insults towards the Old Trafford dugout with Swansea director John van Zweden labelling him an "arrogant bast***".
The wallpaper tycoon claims Van Gaal refused to sit with a Swansea delegation before their famous 2-1 victory at Old Trafford earlier this season. Van Zweden called over to him: “Hey, Louis, I’m going to take three points back to the Hague, you silly s**.”
While Van Gaal arrived at Old Trafford with a stellar reputation, he is starting to generate criticism after failing to revolutionise a crumbling Manchester United squad. He spent all of £150 million in the summer transfer window but is still struggling to get them playing consistently.
However, it seems Van Gaal has respect from several senior members in the squad including Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. While he does seem to have a fair amount of egotism, he has earned the right to be self-confident.
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