Friday 9 December 2016

The Belgian FA had a blunt reaction to Louis van Gaal's 'boring' interview for the manager's job

Published 03/09/2016 | 14:04

Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was overlooked for the Belgium job after the country's officials found his preliminary interview and philosophy to be 'draining and exhausting'.

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The Daily Mail are reporting that van Gaal, who led the Netherlands to the World Cup semi-final in 2014, was included on an initial longlist but wasn't brought forward to the final round of interviews.

Roberto Martinez was subsequently hired.

The paper report that the Belgian FA found van Gaal's presentation to be 'boring', and didn't think their golden generation would respond to the Dutchman's methods.

Additionally, Martinez apparently came across very well in his interview, producing a detailed five point video demonstration on areas where Belgium can improve if they want to enjoy a successful 2018 World Cup.

However, that detailed interview preparation didn't stop Belgium from losing 2-0 to Spain in the new manager's first game, after which he and his assistant Thierry Henry were booed.

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