Ronald de Boer has criticised Manchester United for the manner in which Louis van Gaal was sacked.
Van Gaal won the FA Cup with Man United last weekend but news of Jose Mourinho’s imminent arrival broke almost immediately after the game. The Dutchman was then sacked two days later.
De Boer, who won the Champions League under van Gaal with Ajax in 1995, was disappointed with the way the situation was handled.
“From a company point of view I can understand it. From a human point of view it is bad after winning the FA Cup you hear you get fired. It is not the way you should do it but football teams are big money companies,” De Boer said.
“It is not the (best way to) tell a manager with quite a decent history. He deserves more respect in that sense. It is not the nice way to finish your career.
“Everyone saw it coming. You know if you are coaching one of the biggest clubs in the world you get a lot of stick if it doesn’t go well. He didn’t really get it going and he knows that also.”
United’s pursuit of Mourinho had hardly been a secret, with rumours emerging for months prior to the end of the season.
And van Gaal has been in the game long enough to know that a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League and early exits in the Champions League and Europa League were simply not good enough for a club of United’s calibre. Even with the FA Cup win, he would have been fully aware his position was a precarious one.
In the age of social media, it can be difficult to keep news under wraps and, of course, the Mourinho interest could have been handled better. But it was going to happen one way or the other and fans will just be thankful that van Gaal’s tenure has come to an end.