Louis van Gaal: Claims Dutch manager has agreed deal to join Manchester United denied by club
De Telegraaf report that Van Gaal will be the next manager of United and will be bringing Patrick Kluivert as his number two
Saturday 26 April 2014
Louis van Gaal has agreed terms to become Manchester United’s next manager and he will be bringing Dutch striking legend Patrick Kluivert with him as his assistant, according to press in the Netherlands, but the club deny any rumours.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has close links to Van Gaal's camp and is reporting that the duo will take charge of United after finalising contract terms in the last couple of days.
United have quashed these rumours, saying: "There is nothing to report. We have not signed a new manager. When we have something to report, we will announce it."
Despite the club denying it, the Dutch paper goes on to state that Van Gaal will be given a £80 million transfer kitty to spend in the summer.
Kluivert played in Van Gaal’s Ajax and Barcelona teams before signing for Newcastle in 2004. The Dutch forward will be part of the backroom staff along with goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek and physio Jos van Dijk, according to De Telegraaf.
While denying these rumours coming out of the Netherlands, the club have also said that there were still "a number of names in the hat" for the David Moyes’ successor.
United host Norwich in the late kick off on Saturday with Ryan Giggs taking charge of the team in the first game since Moyes’ sacking.
The new manager at Old Trafford will also be told he does not have to keep any of the current coaching staff at the club.
Sir Alex Ferguson gave his backing to Giggs, insisting the club should look no further than the 40-year-old Welsh midfielder.
"I think that he [Giggs] is the one man they should go to really," Ferguson said at a charity dinner, according to the Daily Telegraph. "He's got 20-odd years of experience at Manchester United.
"I signed him as a kid at 13 years of age. He's gone through the gamut of emotions at the club - he's experienced all the highs and lows."
"He knows exactly what's needed to be a Manchester United player and I was so pleased he brought Paul Scholes back in, and Nicky Butt of course - two great professionals.
"They understand the club, they are hard workers, they are straight as a die. So you have got the right combinations there, there's no doubt about that."
Latest in Sport
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
Sir Alex Ferguson reveals who he thinks is better between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
Chelsea transfer news: 'Eden Hazard will cost Real Madrid £100m - and a Galactico,' says Jose Mourinho
- 1 Woman 'suffocates newborn baby in plastic bag and puts it in her desk minutes after giving birth'
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Chinese student carries disabled friend to school every day for three years
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove