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LVG: “I don’t do anything, I get paid to delegate”

Manchester-United-v-West-BromLouis Van Gaal has revealed he does “nothing” as Manchester United manager but simply gets paid to delegate tasks to other members of his coaching staff.

Speaking at the annual League Managers Association event on Wednesday night, the Dutchman lifted the lid what it is like to be a modern football manager before, inevitably, touching on his philosophy.

“I’m from a time where you [the manager] did everything,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph.

“Now I’m the manager and I have a sports science department, I have a scouting department, I have a medical department, I have assistant managers, I have assistant coaches. I don’t do anything … nothing! I delegate. I delegate and I earn a lot of money.

“Feedback is very important … But I have to say that because when I don’t say that then I’m arrogant.

“I am also an innovator and I have changed a lot. I was the first coach who was with a notebook. Now everybody is with a notebook. I was the first coach who used video.”

Van Gaal then defended claims that he promotes boring football in favour of attacking intent by pointing out his Ajax side clinched a European Cup by playing an expansive and attacking game.

“We [Ajax] won everything with very attacking football. I don’t say it too much because otherwise Mr Scholes will be very angry!” he said.

“When you see my press conferences, I’m discussing a lot my philosophy.

“It takes always a little bit of time to transfer the message. I’m training in the brain – a lot of things in the brain – because football is not a sport of legs, it is a sport of brain, and tactics. So, that takes a lot of time.”