Van Gaal deal ‘close to being completed’ but there is a problem

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal is close to agreeing a deal with Manchester United but disagreements over what coaching staff are going to be part of his team is causing some problems, according to De Telegraaf.

The Dutch newspaper has been at the forefront of the Van Gaal news this week and their chief writer Jaap de Groot has given an update on the situation in an interview this afternoon.

Here is a summary of what De Groot said:

“Basically, De Telegraaf are saying Manchester United and LVG are close (or have come) to an agreement on personal terms (wages, etc) but a deal is on hold because they have some problems working out LVG additional terms, more precisely the staff he wants to bring with him.

“They are saying he has atleast 5 new people he wants to bring with him (like Kluivert, but also a couple of other like a video analyst, goalkeeper coach, etc) and that United want the Class of 92 to be involved in some kind of way. This feeling that the class of 92 (Giggs, Scholes, P.Neville and Butt) need to be involved in the coaching staff has been fuelled by the great result versus Norwich and the expectations are that if United win the remaining games under Giggs they will want him (and some of the others) in the coaching staff, which is a problem because LVG wants to bring his own staff.

“They say it may be a minor detail that could worked out in the coming days but it depends on the willingness of LVG to lower his demands or on the club to give up its wish of involving the Class 92. They say the club could be worried about the technical implications of an entire new coaching staff and that the problem right now is a dicussion about finding the ideal mix of a coaching staff.

“They also say that this is a similar kind of problem Van Gaal had with Liverpool, they also wanted him as a coach but the deal didn’t materialse because they couldn’t come to an agreement on the coaching staff.”

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