Barely 48 hours after earning the club the first trophy since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, English football giants, Manchester United have parted ways with Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal. Although his exit was widely speculated even before the FA Cup final, the club only confirmed this Monday, and immediately released a parting statement from the outgoing manager on the club’s website.
Portuguese born and former Chelsea manager José Mourinho is rumoured o take over the helm of the English giants. After a dismal performance under Van Gaal, Man Utd barely participated in the EUFA Champions League. In the 2015/2016 session, the club finished fifth place enough only for the EUFA Europa League. Below is the full statement by Van Gall released by Manchester United FC.
“I am immensely proud to have helped United win the FA Cup for the 12th time in the club’s history. I have been privileged during my management career to have won 20 trophies but winning the FA Cup, which is steeped in so much history, will always be one of the most special achievements of my career.
I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success.
I hope that winning the FA Cup will give the club a platform to build upon next season to restore the success that this passionate set of fans desire.
Having managed in Holland, Spain and Germany, I had always hoped for the opportunity to manage in English football and be part of English culture. Both of these experiences have lived up to expectations and been fantastic.
I thank my players and wish them well for next season. It has been a pleasure to work with them and it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look forward to watching the continued development of these young players next season.
Thank you to the owners and board of Manchester United for giving me the opportunity to manage this great club.
I would also like to express my gratitude to the amazing United supporters. They are truly the best fans in the world.
I am indebted to my support and coaching staff, who have given me their all during their time at the club.
I am deeply grateful to each and every member of the club’s staff – the sports science team, the medical team, the kit and laundry department, club administration, the press office, the manager’s team, the Academy team, ground staff and the catering team, both at Old Trafford stadium and Carrington training ground, all of whom have given me their unwavering support in my time at United. Never in my 25 years as a manager have I been so well supported in my role.
Finally, my special thanks go to Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton for always making me and my family feel so welcome throughout my time as Manchester United manager.”
Many United supporters are not sure about the rumoured choice of Van Gaal’s successor, José Mourinho as the best alternative to the outgoing Dutchman.