Louis van Gaal has looked back on his first campaign in English football and revealed his confessions concerning some Premier League clubs’ facilities. He says that some of the clubs facilities are so poor he has been forced to sit in the dressing-room toilets. He finds it surprising to know how small the dressing-rooms are at some grounds, leaving him with limited options when sitting down to prepare his men.
The manager told MUTV about some disappointing changing areas at some stadiums as one feature of most shocking things in his first year joining English football. He has even been reduced to running through his pre-match preparations from the toilet, because there are no spare seats elsewhere at the dressing-rooms.
“I can say positive thing and I can say negative thing. Let’s start with the negative thing. The accommodation for the players to dress themselves, to change into their club shirts, are in most stadiums not so good,” commented van Gaal. He is accustomed to the space within the Manchester United changing room at Old Trafford.
On the other hand, the positive thing is the devotion of supporters. He said, “the way football is lived here in the minds of the people is unbelievable, and it is what I expected. “I think it’s fantastic to be here in England. They live football, football is living, and living is football.” He also mentioned that this kind of condition does not exist in Germany, while in Spain is a little bit more. But England is unbelievable. “It’s fantastic to see.”
Van Gall will take some time off in the Algarve, where he and his wife have a holiday home, before turning his attention to the 2015/2016 Premier League season. “All the players have to fly out to international duties but I will go on holidays and I’m willing to go to my paradise in Portugal.