Philippe Christanval reveals Louis van Gaal cried when Barcelona sacked him

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Louis van Gaal has been known for his tough authoritarian style of management throughout his career, and has on a number occasions had poor relationships with the media.

When the Dutchman took over at Manchester United, he demanded numerous changes to the clubs training ground, including the installation of CCTV at the club's Carrington training base, and even forced former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes to train with the club's under-21s.

So, when Barcelona's bosses decided to make the big call to sack the Dutchman in January 2003, following a 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo, it was bound to cause a strong reaction from the former Ajax and Netherlands boss.


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However, the 65-year-old didn't react at the time as many players, management and fans would have expected.

As reported by The Mirror, former France international Philippe Christanval revealed the Barcelona boss "cried like a baby" after finding out he was relieved of his duties - having already departed the club once, in 2000, when he stepped down at the Camp Nou in order to take over as Netherlands boss.

“He came into the dressing room after hearing the news, started to talk, and all of a sudden began crying like a baby,” said Christanval.

“He was really hurt. It impacted me seeing him cry. He was a hard, cold, person, and here he was destroyed.”


Christanval also left the Camp Nou in 2003, however, Van Gaal's departure was a big moment in the manager's career. The Dutchman helped the Catalans to two La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey during his first stint in charge, but an inconsistent run of results upon his return ultimately cost him his job.

Van Gaal went on to win the Eredivisie with AZ Alkmaar, as well as the Bundesliga and German Cup with Bayern Munich, before leading the Netherlands to third place in the 2014 World Cup. However, Manchester United also had to make the big decision to relieve the Dutchman of his duties, after just two years at Old Trafford, in which his final game in charge saw him win the FA Cup, last summer.

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