Rene Meulensteen has ruled out a possible return to the Manchester United backroom staff after fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal has opted to “bring in his own people.”
After David Moyes’s arrival in 2012, first team coach Rene Meulensteen was one of several members of the United backroom staff to leave the club. He subsequently went on to have his first spell in Premier League management under strugglers Fulham, replacing Martin Jol, but was replaced by Felix Magath after an unsuccessful three months at the club. Fulham were eventually relegated and Meulensteen has been without a job since February.
With van Gaal arriving to United and looking to restore equilibrium, which included offering a coaching role to Ryan Giggs, he has brought in a number of respected and high profile coaches. Meulensteen stated that he would be interested in returning to Old Trafford after David Moyes cancelled his contract, but van Gaal has opted against it.
Moyes, like van Gaal, brought in a number of coaches upon his appointment, with the likes of Mike Phelan and the aforementioned Meulensteen leaving the United coaching staff. Speaking with Sky Sports, the former Anzhi boss stated this:
“I would have been keen to go back, I spent 12 years at what is a fantastic club and never left Man Utd because I fell out with anyone there.
“But they’ve chosen to appoint Louis van Gaal and he has decided to bring in his own people, so that is not an option.”
Rene also confirmed that he had spoken with van Gaal, who confirmed that he is looking to bring in some of the familiar faces that he enjoyed success with at the likes of Netherlands and AZ. Thusfar Ryan Giggs, Marcel Bout and Frans Hoek have joined the former Bayern manager at the club.
Meulensteen reaffirmed his disappointment when hearing the news from van Gaal himself.
“It is disappointing,” Rene said. “When you spend 12 years at a club the size of Manchester United, working in every department – not least for five years with the first team which were the most successful in the history of the club – of course you are disappointed.
“You would think it would make sense to have some continuity. But the people who have made the decision think their decision makes sense as well so we’ll see what the future brings.”