The Netherlands stoic manager, Louis van Gaal, the man who gambled on a goalie switch during the final minutes of Holland’s quarterfinal match with Costa Rica in this year’s World Cup, is back in the press with another brow-raising decision.
Van Gaal has been hired as Manchester United’s new team manager. Taking the top position at one of the world’s most famous football clubs, Van Gaal wasted no time in implementing a number of changes to the Red Devils organization.
His first point of business: Adapting Carrington, Man United’s prestigious training pitch. Gaal has given orders for the turf to be removed and replaced with grass identical to the field sod at Old Trafford. On his wishes, floodlights will now be installed for evening practices. He has also ordered fences to be raised around the facility to reduce the amount of wind interference.
On top of these major field changes, Van Gaal has also introduced sleep pods to the facility. The pods are designed to maximize the rest players receive between daily practices. They come complete with privacy partitions and individual lockers. The hope is that players will spend more time at the facility, rather than returning to home between sessions to the comfort of their luxury mattresses.
Van Gaal has been on the job less than a week.