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Rummenigge: Louis Tried to "Van Gaal-ise" Bayern

  • ESPN FC, Tuesday, November 11, 2014 4:40 PM

In an interview with German daily Der Spiegel, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge criticizes former coach Louis van Gaal, who is now in charge of Manchester United, for having a big ego and trying to “Van Gaal-ize” the Bundesliga giant.

The Dutchman took the helm of Germany’s most-successful club from July 2009 to April 2011, winning a domestic double in his first season and also taking his team to the UEFA Champions League final in 2010, where they lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan. He was, however, dismissed toward the end of the following season, with his team stuck in fourth position in the Bundesliga standings. During the interview, Rummenigge calls van Gaal a “good and successful coach” but he was “not always low maintenance,” which made his relationship with the club uneasy.

"He wanted to 'Van Gaal-ize' the club," the Bayern CEO said. "As soon as he presented his autobiography in a snobby restaurant, I knew hard times were ahead -- 'Van Gaal-ize,' that's what we've called it up until today."

Rummenigge contrasted van Gaal’s reign to that of current coach Pep Guardiola, who also won the double in his first season as head coach. "He has many ideas," Rummenigge said of the Spaniard. "Some of them might be unusual, but they are never crazy. I consider Pep a genius, and hope that he'll stay with us for a long time."

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