Louis van Gaal‘s desire to bring five members of staff with him to Manchester United could see a deal collapse and lead to Carlo Ancelotti becoming the top candidate for the position, according to The Telegraph.
De Telegraaf earlier reported that discussions about backroom staff were the reason for a delay but Mark Ogden’s suggestion indicates that the demands could be so great that Manchester United won’t agree with them.
Van Gaal is keen to bring in his Holland assistants Patrick Kluivert and Danny Blind, goalkeeping coach Franks Hoek and his physiotherapist and analyst too.
If all were to come in, it would leave the positions of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville diluted within the club and it seems that is where the stumbling block is as Manchester United want some continuity in preparation for the long-term future.
This is a tricky situation and in the utopoian world, the Class of ’92 would all be involved as much as possile but Manchester United simply need to allow Van Gaal to bring in who he wants and work around it.
David Moyes’ backroom staff changes backfired but the context is different this time. Moyes replaced proven winners with chums and they were poor. Van Gaal would be breaking up the Class of ’92 with those he trusts and has worked with at the top level. Without those around him, Van Gaal would probably be afraid of a power struggle if the Class of ’92 was allowed to stay together.
Manchester United can ill afford to lose out on Van Gaal over a technicality like this and while the Class of ’92 may well be the future bedrock of the club in terms of management, Van Gaal is the here and now.