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Louis van Gaal Welcomed As Manchester United Manager

Tue 20th May 2014 | Football Club Management

Manchester United’s appointment of Dutch coach, Louis van Gaal has been welcomed by the club’s principal sponsor, Aon.

Louis will take over as Manager of Manchester United from the 2014/15 season after signing a three year contract with Ryan Giggs appointed as Assistant Manager following his stint as First Team Manager for the last four matches of the 2013/14 season.

"Attracting top external talent and developing a deep internal bench are both skills that are critical to an organisation's long-term success, and these issues are particularly acute for high performance organisations like Manchester United," said Pete Sanborn, co-president, performance, reward and talent, Aon Hewitt. 

Aon also applauded the announcement of Ryan Giggs as Assistant Manager. "Ryan is an icon at Manchester United," added, Phil Clement, Aon's global chief marketing and communications officer. "His recognition of the need to develop young talent as demonstrated by his insertion of James Wilson and Tom Lawrence into the starting eleven against Hull will continue to serve Manchester United well."

Announcing the appointments on Monday, Manchester United Executive Chairman, Ed Woodward, said, “In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today. He has achieved many things in his career to date and Old Trafford provides him with a fitting stage on which to write new chapters in the Manchester United story.

“Everyone is very excited about this new phase in the club’s history. His track record of success in winning leagues and cups across Europe throughout his career makes him the perfect choice for us.

“People know him as a larger than life character but I have also been extremely impressed by his intelligence, thoughtful approach to the role and his diligence. I’m looking forward to working with him.

“I’m delighted that Louis has chosen Ryan as his Assistant. Ryan’s association with the club spans over two decades and his knowledge and stature will be of great use to Louis. In addition, this is a fantastic opportunity for Ryan to learn his trade alongside a world class manager whose attacking instincts and belief in youth are tailor-made for Manchester United.”

Joel Glazer, added, “I am delighted that Louis will be our next manager. He has an outstanding pedigree as a coach, both as a man who motivates his teams to win trophies and as someone who believes in giving young players a chance to prove their worth. I am sure he will make a big impression on the club, the players and the fans.”

Image: REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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