Time up! Louis

Thomas Kraft’s failed clearance which led to Nurnberg’s equalizer on Saturday April 9,2011 prematurely ended Dutch tactician, Louis Van Gaal’s reign in Munich. Bayern’s board and Van Gaal  had agreed in March to part ways mutually at the end of the current season but Bavarian club bosses agreed it was ‘so long Louis’ after an urgent meeting following the frustrating draw on saturday.

The good ol' days

Louis Van Gaal was hired as manager of Bayern Munich in the summer of 2009. He referred to his job as a “dream job” and was tasked with the responsibility of restoring Bayern’s pride. The former Ajax coach got off to a poor start at Bayern, by November the club was on the brink of a first round UEFA Champions League exit following two losses to Bordeaux. A turn round in fortunes started once the team started playing according to the way Van Gaal imagined. An impressive 4-1 victory over Juventus in Turin allowed them progress in the UEFA Champions League. Like it was the spark needed, Bayern embarked on a strong run in the Bundesliga, German Cup and in Europe. Die Roten won its 22nd Bundesliga title in May 2010 and followed it up with a victory in the German Cup. Van Gaal’s Bayern lost to Inter Milan in the 2010 UEFA Champions League final.

Dejected man

Eleven months after, a lot has changed at Bayern and for Louis, a man who was a victory away from a treble success last season.  Van Gaal’s strict approach and belief in his philosophy and ideas only without consideration of other opinion is perceived to be one of the major factor for his early exit. During his reign in Munich, it wasn’t all rosy with his all players. A feud with Luca Toni led to the Italian’s departure from the club in January 2010. He also had similar problems with Martin Demichelis at the start of this season with the Argentine moving on in January 2011.

Van Gaal tried to persuade Bayern’s board to sell Mario Gomez and Anatoliy Tymoschuk because he felt there were not up to the starndards required but the board disagreed. The former has proved the manager wrong with his goals this term while the latter showed his versatility when the team was in crisis.

His decision in January to drop veteran goalkeeper Jorg Butt for home grown Thomas Kraft did not go well with the board with club president Uli Hoeness’ consistent disapproval of the inexperienced shot stopper as the number 1. Last weekend’s error by Kraft helped in sealing Van Gaal’s fate.

For a team that competed on all fronts last season and almost conquered it all now facing a prospect of not qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. With Munich as the venue of the 2012 final and star winger Arjen Robben describing playing in the Europa League as a “horror scenario”.
Bayern came down hard on their lame coach whose second season  has been nothing but a disaster. The team’s defense has been a suspect all season long.

Club President Uli Hoeness accused the Dutch coach of killing the fun at the Bavarian club as he was shown the exit door.

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