Friday , January 21 2022

Enjoying Van Gaal in the media: ‘But don’t think you’re God’



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Van der Vaart, who has worked with Van Gaal at Orange in the past, has nothing to criticize the way the coach talks about football in the media. “He always has a good story, so as a journalist, I understand that you’re always on the alert. But it’s also great to discuss with him.”

FC Twente coach Ron Jans was someone who dared to go up against Van Gaal in the Eredivisie and clashed with him several times. “You’re good at sorting out opportunities,” Van Gaal once admitted to him in 2007. Jans protested: “And you underestimate your colleagues.”

No anger at Jans

Fourteen years later Jans can laugh at that. He also enjoyed the press conferences at Orange. “I’ve seen four now and they’re all different. It was very open at first and also vulnerable at the same time. And when things were going well with Orange (tonally), we heard it too.”

There is no resentment about the past with Jans. “It’s been a little less than a year between us but I think he’s a very inspiring coach. He really listens to the players and the team and does something with him. I think that’s great.”

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