Bayern’s board directors and Louis Van Gaal (coach) have decided to terminate the contract, originally set to June 2012, one year earlier. According to the FCB board, it is because of different opinions regarding strategic directions of the club and the lack of achievements. The 59 year old Dutchman was a rather popular man in Munich this time last year, when the Bavarians won the double and reached the final of the Champions League.
However this season Bayern Munich has disappointed, and are now 16 points behind the leaders Dortmund. So the question is who will be the coach of the most successful club in German history after Van Gaal leaves.
The players have reacted differently to the situation. Especially Arjen Robben is unsatisfied with the decision. It is said Robben has requested a transfer to AC Milan, one of the reasons being the departure of his fellow Dutchman Van Gaal.
No one can know for sure if it was a good decision. Perhaps will Bayern have a great run in the Champions League this season as well. If so, the Bayern board will probably regret their actions.
By Aksel Petter Spence