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(NYSE:MANU) Louis van Gaal will take over as manager of Manchester United from the 2014/15 season. He has signed a three year contract.
Louis, 62, has managed at the top level of European football for over 20 years and in that time has won domestic titles and domestic cups in three countries, as well as the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup, an Intercontinental Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and domestic Super Cups in Holland and Germany.
He will take up his post after the FIFA World Cup, where he will manage the Dutch national team.
Ryan Giggs, English football’s most decorated player and the United player with most appearances in the Club’s history, has been appointed as Assistant Manager. Ryan took charge of the First Team for the last four matches of the 2013/14 season.
Announcing the appointments Ed Woodward, said:
“In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today. He has achieved many things in his career to date and Old Trafford provides him with a fitting stage on which to write new chapters in the Manchester United story.
“Everyone is very excited about this new phase in the Club’s history. His track record of success in winning leagues and cups across Europe throughout his career makes him the perfect choice for us.
“People know him as a larger than life character but I have also been extremely impressed by his intelligence, thoughtful approach to the role and his diligence. I’m looking forward to working with him.
“I’m delighted that Louis has chosen Ryan as his Assistant. Ryan’s association with the Club spans over two decades and his knowledge and stature will be of great use to Louis. In addition, this is a fantastic opportunity for Ryan to learn his trade alongside a world class manager whose attacking instincts and belief in youth are tailor-made for Manchester United.”