The often volatile coach has been spending the summer at his house near Albufeira in the Algarve, and the Telegraph understands that Ian Ayre, Liverpool’s managing director, flew out to meet him last week.
Van Gaal is used to be in sole charge of a club, but Liverpool are seemingly attempting to lure him into a different role – that of the much derided position in England, ‘director of football’.
The Dutchman has won titles in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany and is keen to test himself in English football, but the structure of the Liverpool ‘project’ will be a key point of discussion.
Whether a manager of Van Gaal’s experience and pedigree would be happy to oversee the work of a young boss such as
At Wigan, Martinez has had a lot of control about the way the club works and he will be reluctant to cede too much influence to a sporting director at Liverpool.
Van Gaal has a reputation for being forthright to the point of arrogance and, when technical director of Ajax in 2004, his demands caused him to fall out with head coach Ronald Koeman. Van Gaal ended up resigning.
In other managerial ‘news’, the Mail on Sunday report that
The Sunday Mirror reveal that Di Matteo is poised to take over at
Sunday’s Mirror report that
The other clubs understood to be ready for talks are
Anzhi are prepared to offer Van Persie a staggering £300,000-a-week, but the Dutchman has no wish to finish his career in Russia and a more than ‘competitive’ salary is on offer at City.
Another player being targeted by Roberto Mancini is Sunderland forward