Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has blasted incumbent Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal as an egomaniac, who wanted to “vangaalise” Bayern Munich.
Dutch tactician van Gaal, managed Bayern from July 2009 to April 2011, and the Bavarians chief executive, while trying to compare Van Gaal to new club coach Pep Guardiola, described the former as a man with a “huge ego” and the latter as a “genius”.
However, despite Van Gaal’s high-handedness, the 63-year-old former Holland coach led Bayern to a league and cup double in his first year in charge, missing out on a treble by losing the Champions League final
to then Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan.
He was dismissed towards the end of his second season in charge with Bayern sitting fourth in the Bundesliga and already out of the DFB-Pokal, bringing to an end a relationship which had not always been easy according to
the Bayern supremo.
“As soon as he presented his autobiography in a snobby restaurant, I knew hard times were ahead,” Rummenigge told Germany’s Spiegel
“Louis van Gaal was not always easy-care. He wanted to ‘Vangaalise’ our club. He has a huge ego.
“Pep’s a genius,” Rummenigge said of Guardiola who won the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and FIFA Club World Cup in his first season in charge of Bayern since arriving from Barcelona.
“He’s made Bayern a bit more professional. He’s got high expectations, but he also respects the culture of this club. He has many ideas, sometimes unusual ones, but never crazy.”