Manchester United are not ready to sack manager Louis van Gaal because of a compensation clause in his contract while it’s still mathematically possible they can qualify for the Champions League.
According to a new report from The Sun, United will owe the Dutch tactician a sensational £10m in compensation if they want to fire him before Manchester United’s chances of finishing in the top four are mathematically out of the question.
As it happens in most of the football contracts, an early termination by any club wouldn’t release them from the financial commitment and so it remains a huge consideration in the decision-making process. Not only that, you can include the severance packages which would be due to the United manager’s five-man backroom staff, and if they decide to dismiss van Gaal in the mid-season it would become a costly exercise for sure.
Van Gaal was under huge pressure at Old Trafford over the past few weeks after a dismal run of form in all competitions, a negative result in the FA Cup fixture at Shrewsbury on last night could have intensified speculation over his position further, but luckily the 3-0 win gave LVG a new lifeline.
The Red Devils are right now six points off the top four and were ousted from the Champions League at the group stage, they were also beaten in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 clash with FC Midtjylland last week. Van Gaal however is thought to have still the backing of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, despite his team’s recent shortcomings.
Manchester United currently find themselves in a similar situation to the one they found themselves in during the 2013/14 season with former manager David Moyes. The club were struggling to clinch the Champions League berth, but if they had waited until qualification for the competition was mathematically impossible it would have suggested they were bound to pay out a significantly reduced compensation package.
The Old Trafford hierarchy waited until the qualification was impossible before making the final decision to sack the former Everton manager, and could now do the same thing with van Gaal as he has the same clause in his contract.
United chief executive Woodward has so far managed to resist increasing calls for the 64-year-old Dutch tactician’s head but the pressure has increased recently with Pep Guardiola joining arch rivals Manchester City in the summer.