Liverpool want Louis Van Gaal to oversee new manager
Former Barcelona man could become sporting director in Anfield restructure
LIVERPOOL'S managerial saga has taken another twist after former Barcelona and Holland coach Loius Van Gaal was linked to a new role at Anfield, that of sporting director, as the club plans to introduce a new structure.
The 60-year-old Dutchman has the sort of pedigree that the club wants. He won the Champions League with Ajax, and guided Bayern Munich to the final in 2010. He has won seven league titles in Holland, Spain and Germany with Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern and also coached the Dutch national side.
He has been out of work since being dismissed by Bayern in April last year, but if Liverpool's American owners could lure him to Anfield it would be "something of a coup" according to The Times.
He was first linked to the role of director of football when Damian Comolli left the club, and installing Van Gaal in the new wider-ranging role would fit in with the Fenway Sports Group's "ideal criteria" of a successful young coach like Andre Villas-Boas or Roberto Martinez working alongside a veteran.
"Van Gaal's work with Ajax and Barcelona undoubtedly appeals to Liverpool's owners as they conduct an overhaul at Anfield and look to imprint a playing philosophy throughout every level of the club," reports The Guardian.
And the Daily Mail concurs: "Liverpool are eager to bring in a new structure and the ideal for principal owner John W Henry would be to have an experienced man in the sporting director's position with a youthful coach alongside him."
Elsewhere it has emerged that FSG are still keen to redevelop Anfield rather than relocate to a new stadium at Stanley Park. The Times reports that the owners believe that option would be more "cost effective".
Back on the managerial merry-go-round, any hopes Chelsea had of luring Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge have been dashed after the Special One signed a contract extension with Real Madrid that would keep him at the Bernabeu until 2016. While former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned down the chance to take over at Aston Villa.