Bayern extends Van Gaals contract
Bayern Munich's chairman said the German champions will extend coach Louis van Gaal's contract this week despite a poor start to its Bundesliga title defense.sports Updated: Sep 27, 2010 15:11 IST
Bayern Munich's chairman said the German champions will extend coach Louis van Gaal's contract this week despite a poor start to its Bundesliga title defense.
"We have total confidence in Louis van Gaal," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was quoted as saying in Monday's edition of Bild. "The coach is doing a super job."
Bayern is ninth in the Bundesliga standings, with eight points from six matches. On Saturday, Bayern lost 2-1 at home to surprise leader Mainz, which is 10 points ahead of the defending champions.
Van Gaal joined Bayern last season and led the team to the Bundesliga and German Cup double, as well as the Champions League final. The Dutchman's contract expires next June.
Asked whether this season's troubles would delay a decision on his future, Rummenigge replied: "We're not changing our opinion after one defeat."
"On the contrary, we will extend his contract this week," he said. "And with that, (we will) clearly show what standing Louis enjoys at Bayern."
Rummenigge gave no details of the planned contract extension. Bayern didn't reinforce its squad during the offseason transfer window. In its latest injury setback, the club will be without defender Diego Contento for up to six weeks following a weekend groin operation.
The team's two star wingers were already out injured _ France's Franck Ribery faces a several weeks off and the Netherlands' Arjen Robben is unlikely to play before the winter break. Rummenigge is content with the decision not to buy new players.
"We made that decision with the coach, and we stand by it," Rummenigge said. "Robben and Ribery can't be replaced with players of equal value," he said, adding that "our (German) national team players must step up."