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Van Gaal in Munich

New boss and board planning for next term

Some four weeks before the first-team players report back to the Säbener Strasse for pre-season training, Louis van Gaal has actively begun preparing for his new job as Bayern Munich head coach. On Tuesday, the 57-year-old supremo flew to Munich for talks with the Bayern board and future director of sport Christian Nerlinger, formulating plans for the 2009-10 campaign.

Among the topics discussed at club headquarters was the composition of the senior squad. “We’ll know which names are in the frame after we’ve concluded our meetings with the new coach,” declared chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Van Gaal is also set for talks with Hermann Gerland. The “Tiger“ is in line to continue the assistant coach role he assumed during caretaker boss Jupp Heynckes’ five-week tenure. Finally, Van Gaal and his wife have begun searching for accommodation in Munich.

Lahm looking forward to Van Gaal

“The most important transfer is the coach,” Germany international Philipp Lahm was quoted as saying in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The full-back is looking forward to working under Van Gaal. “He’s synonymous with a certain way of playing. I’m certain he’ll demand organisation and discipline, and give us clear tactical instructions,” Lahm said.

Van Gaal’s immediate predecessor Heynckes is convinced the former AZ Alkmaar boss is exactly the right man for Bayern. “I recommended Van Gaal to Uli Hoeneß. Van Gaal is a true expert, an exceptionally hard worker, a bright guy, and he had Barcelona playing fabulous football. I believe he’ll lead Bayern to renewed success,” Heynckes said in an exclusive interview.