Louis van Gaal’s red and white army could be moving to the South Coast, with the former Manchester United manager – surprisingly – being linked with Southampton.
Claude Puel guided Southampton to eighth place, realistically the highest you’d expect the Saints to finish. However, rumours continued to surround the Frenchman’s future throughout the season, with Southampton finishing 15 points off Everton in seventh, whilst scoring just 41 goals.
Last season, under Ronald Koeman, Southampton finished 6th, scoring 18 more goals in the league than this campaign, and playing football that was a fitting tribute to the Dutchman’s footballing upbringing.
And given the style of football that is now on display at White Hart Lane, under another former Saints manager, Mauricio Pochettino, the less than expansive and exciting football Puel served up was always going to see the former Nice manager leave this summer.
— Will Mitchell (@WillsfcMitchell) June 3, 2017
Southampton’s search for a replacement will have to be swift, in order to give the new man or woman at the helm, enough time to work in the summer transfer window. However, appointing Louis van Gaal certainly shouldn’t be the answer – unless the Saints are keen for another version of drab football, with a distinct lack of an end goal and player unrest.
van Gaal is an era of managers that hasn’t grown with the developments of the game: Arsene Wenger suffers from it, Carlo Ancelotti is at Bayern Munich, Jose Mourinho has been since leaving Inter Milan. There’s no shame in that, though, it’s the circle of managerial life; the likes of Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte will, one day, reach the same point in their careers (and like all of the guys before them, they won’t accept it either).
Thankfully, this reported story will almost certainly be no more than LvG’s representatives feeding lines to whichever journalist(s) the Dutchman’s agent has under his greasy thumb – seriously, **** agents.