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Gerland named assistant coach to Van Gaal

New Bayern head coach Louis van Gaal, currently in Munich for planning meetings, met the board of directors and future director of sport Christian Nerlinger at the club’s Säbener Strasse headquarters on Tuesday.

Following a productive meeting between Van Gaal and Hermann Gerland, the club issued a statement confirming that former FC Bayern II coach Gerland would assume the post of assistant coach on Van Gaal’s coaching staff. The new supremo also brings with him a second assistant in the shape of Andries Jonker, former director of sport at Dutch top flight outfit Willem II.

Hermann “Tiger” Gerland, who has coached the Bayern reserves since 2001, spent the last five weeks of the 2008-9 season as assistant to caretaker boss Jupp Heynckes.

“There’s no reason I wouldn’t do it,“ the 54-year-old Gerland exclusively told a few days ago on being asked whether he would consider the assistant position on a full-time basis. Following the talks with Van Gaal, the appointment was duly confirmed on Tuesday.