According to a post by sports correspondent Carrie Brown on her official Twitter account, former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has reportedly ruled himself out of the running to be the new Everton manager amid links he could get the job earlier this week.
Well, The Mirror reported on Monday that the Dutchman could be outsider to succeed fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park after the odds were slashed on him taking the hot-seat, but Carrie Brown has moved to dampen those rumours.
She posted on Twitter that the 66-year-old had told her that “it’s not the project for him” with a return to England to manage a top four club seemingly the only thing he is willing to consider.
Breaking: Louis van Gaal rules himself out of managerial role at Everton #EFC. Tell’s me he’s not had an offer & it’s not the project for him. Would return to the Premier League for a big (top 4) club.
— Carrie Brown (@CarrieBrownTV) November 21, 2017
Everton are continuing to chase Watford’s Marco Silva – the favourite for the vacant role – but a move is proving difficult as the Hornets don’t want to lose him mid-season and he doesn’t have a release clause in the contract he signed in the summer.
It seems he is only willing to manage a club competing for the Champions League spots in the Premier League and while that is something that the Toffees hope to do in the future, they are obviously struggling right now.
The Dutchman has probably been put off by the Merseyside outfit’s low placing in the table and their poor form, and the fact that he only wants to manage a big club suggests he isn’t that desperate to return.
Considering Arsene Wenger, Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettion, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte are in charge of those teams right now, it is hard to see where van Gaal could realistically be handed an opportunity considering he failed to pull up many trees with United previously.
It probably would have been a mixed consensus.
While the club may well have fancied an experienced name like van Gaal who has managed Barcelona, United and Bayern Munich and is a name that could potentially attract big-name players to Goodison Park, the supporters will have remembered his time at Old Trafford and probably not have been too impressed.