Ajax manager Frank de Boer has revealed that Louis van Gaal's propensity to clash with the media on a regular basis is not something he is considering emulating as a manager. The Manchester United manager has been known to argue with the press, something De Boer insists is not his cup of tea.
De Boer is well acquainted with the manager during his time at Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands where he played under his stewardship and has been mentored by Van Gaal for the coaching job he is currently undertaking at Ajax. Van Gaal is noted for taking everything out to the media, having vilified the likes of Victor Valdes in public, something De Boer insists is not to his liking.
"That is not my cup of tea how he always tries to fight with the press," De Boer told Omnisport, as quoted by Goal. I think sometimes you have to let it rest and don't make an issue about it. But he doesn't like if somebody isn't fair against him and he will try to attack them with words if they are not honest.
"For me I'm only concerned about is the first-team players and everything that is around - yeah, I read things - but the only thing that I can do is train with my team and I don't have influence on what people outside are saying.
"So sometimes I think 'let it rest'. He always goes into it but that does give entertainment to the press and that's nice."
However, he was extremely glowing in his review of Van Gaal, stating that given enough time to implement his philosophy, he will come out trumps in the Premier League. The United boss has come under fire for his team selection against Arsenal, after he was humiliated in a 3-0 drubbing by the north London club at the Emirates.
"I think he is managing very well, always protecting his players and wanting them to always give 100 per cent. If they do that I think he is one of the best trainers in the world. I think he also learned a lot in the last couple of years about what he has to do if he is in a foreign country," he added. "He will get what he wants if he gets time and everybody believes his philosophy."