Monday 23 October 2017

Ryan Giggs meets Louis Van Gaal to talk about his United future

The Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal reacts during a news conference in Hoenderloo. The Dutch national soccer team is preparing for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. REUTERS/Michael Kooren
The Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal reacts during a news conference in Hoenderloo. The Dutch national soccer team is preparing for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

Ian Herbert

MANCHESTER UNITED were last night wrapping up the fine details of Louis van Gaal's appointment as manager, ahead of a public grilling by New York Stock Exchange analysts today at which chief executive Ed Woodward will be asked to explain how he will deliver the club's recovery.

Ahead of a managerial appointment, which may come today, Ryan Giggs' meeting with Van Gaal took place at the five-star Hotel Orangerie in the Dutchman's home town of Noordwijk on the North Sea coast.

Giggs' own future role at the club – as the probable No 2 to Van Gaal – was one of the topics for discussion.

But Van Gaal is also understood to have wanted to talk about some of the players who will be arriving and leaving United this summer.

When joining a new club, he has always viewed an insider's opinion as critical on which young players offer best potential for development.

Woodward's appearance before business analysts has created an urgency about the first face-to-face talks between Van Gaal and Giggs, who flew in by private jet and was chauffeur-driven to the hotel.

The chief executive will be questioned publicly on his search for a successor to David Moyes when he appears for a conference call coinciding with United's third-quarter financial results.

The 20 minutes of questions, which start at 1.0, are likely to see the chief executive underline the club's ambition to respond immediately after a disastrous season in which they have fallen out of Europe.

The analysts' briefing can take place at a time and date of United's choosing and will have been a landmark in the front of minds at the club. United need to resurrect their share price, and their on-field fortunes.

The three months which today's results relate to actually saw United progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, boosting their revenues, though they expect the focus of the conversation to be on the future.

Meanwhile, Tim Sherwood is already looking forward to his next management job, insisting he would not have done things any differently at Tottenham.

The 45-year-old left White Hart Lane on Tuesday, less than six months after he replaced Andre Villas-Boas in the dugout.

However, the experience has not put him off taking another position.

"I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to get back in. Perversely I like doing it - to want to do that job you must be crazy," he said

"But I knew what I was going into. It was a massive learning curve, my first opportunity to manage.

"I've seen wins, defeats and draws and I've seen a few tantrums - and the sack, which I didn't want to see. Would I do anything different? Probably not,"

Irish Independent

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