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Rene Meulensteen not offered a position at Manchester United by Louis Van Gaal

Published Jun 06, 2014
Jun 06, 2014 IST
Meulensteen during his time at Manchester United 

Former Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen has not been offered a role at the club by incoming manager and compatriot Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman left United after David Moyes was confirmed as manager and had a briefly managed Fulham before he was sacked in February and is currently looking for a new job.

"I would have been keen to go back," said Meulensteen at the release of the LMA Annual Castrol European Managers and Coaches Survey.

"I spent 12 years at what is a fantastic club and never left Man United because I fell out with anyone there.

"But they've chosen to appoint Louis van Gaal and he has decided to bring in his own people so that is not an option.

"Have I spoken to Van Gaal? Yes, I know that is the case - it has been confirmed to me."

The 50-year-old developed an excellent rapport with the United players during his time at the club and helped them win three Premier League trophies after he was made a first team coach by former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Meulensteen would have loved to go back to the club as he had plenty of experience there but a return is out of the question as van Gaal is keen to bring in his own staff. 

"It is disappointing," he said. "When you spend 12 years at a club the size of Manchester United, working in every department - not least for five years with the first team which were the most successful in the history of the club - of course you are disappointed.


"There aren't many coaches who have spent so much time with one club as I have."

Meulensteen added: "You would think it would make sense to have some continuity. But the people who have made the decision think their decision makes sense as well so we'll see what the future brings."

In spite of not being offered a job at Manchester United Meulensteen has stated that he wants to get back to work quickly.

"I am definitely keen to get back into it," he said. "I've had an experience not many coaches have had because I worked in a very professional environment at United with a lot of stability and then the last 12 months have been the complete opposite.

"But it hasn't put me off at all, it only makes me stronger and more aware."

He also said: "I would look at any position in detail - the most important thing is they bring me in for the person I am and the philosophy I stand for."

Meulensteen will watch his country in action during the upcoming World Cup but doesn’t think they will replicate their 2010 performance.

"Holland have match-changing players if they're all fit and performing," the Dutchman said. "But I don't think they have enough depth especially when they come up against the big boys - those teams have the ability to put Holland under pressure.

"I think then we will see their vulnerability and we may see that as soon as the first game when they play Spain."

Meulensteen was held in the highest regard by Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and is one of the coaches who helped Ronaldo become the incredible player he is today.

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