Saturday 22 September 2018

I could be next: LVG

Sack race hotting up while Hiddink talks to Chelsea

Louis van Gaal is feeling the pressure Photo: Reuters
Louis van Gaal is feeling the pressure Photo: Reuters

Louis van Gaal has admitted that he could be the next big name Premier League casualty on the day Guus Hiddink arrived in London for talks with Chelsea following José Mourinho's sacking.

"I know that, the players know that, my staff know that," he said. "We have to win, because, if you lose, also for me, it's the end of the world."

Van Gaal claimed he was surprised by Mourinho's demise: "What can I say? It was a big surprise for me, I didn't expect it."

"He's a fantastic manager with a record that nobody has in this football world. But it is still possible (to be sacked)."

The Dutchman believes he retains the full backing of the Glazer family and rejected suggestions of player unrest.

"It's fine, but I have said already, more than once, but I have seen articles (saying) that it is bit like that. It's a little bit crazy, but that is the world."

"I have the full confidence of my board and my players, that I feel, and it's like that. But we have to get results. We have to win.

Chelsea's search for a replacement began with talks with Guus Hiddink but the Dutchman wants more information.

"I want as much information as possible. Chelsea are in a bad situation and there are reasons for that. Whether or not I'm visiting their next match depends on my first conversation. Then I'll decide if I should stay in London longer."

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