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Van Gaal introduces staff members

During his first news conference as Bayern head coach, Louis van Gaal took the opportunity to introduce four new additions to his coaching staff. The 57-year-old also briefly outlined the responsibilities he has delegated to the individual team members, although he did add a rider at the end: “I do have even more members of my staff, but I’ve simply not brought them all here today,” he explained.

Van Gaal’s coaching staff

Andries Jonker (assistant coach): “He’s a versatile coach, who’s worked with me at Barcelona in the past. His role is as my assistant in the widest sense.”

Hermann Gerland (assistant coach): “Hermann is also my assistant in the general sense of the word, but he’ll also co-ordinate our links to the youth section. You’ll all be aware that I’m known for giving younger players the opportunity to put themselves forward, so it’s important he makes the connection.”

Jos van Dijk (training coordinator): “He’s a training physiologist. His task is to coordinate the work done by the rehab coaches, football coaches, and the physiotherapists. He’ll also advise me in terms of structuring our conditioning programme.”

Max Reckers (match analysis): “He’s my right-hand man for video analyses and Powerpoint presentations intended for the players.”