Louis van Gaal admits surprise at Bayern Munich's decision to appoint Vincent Kompany

Louis van Gaal
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Louis van Gaal has revealed that he was very surprised that Bayern Munich decided to appoint Vincent Kompany as head coach.

Bayern Munich stunned the football world last month by making the decision to appoint Vincent Kompany as head coach. After being rejected by the likes of Xabi Alonso, Julian Nagelsmann and Ralf Rangnick, the Bayern bosses made the bold decision to go with the Belgian.

Kompany's immense potential as head coach and his attacking playing style convinced the Bayern bosses to hire him. He showcased his potential at Anderlecht and Burnley, even if he failed to prevent the Lancashire-based club from getting relegated from the Premier League this season.

Former Bayern Munich head coach Louis van Gaal has now admitted his surprise at the club's decision to go with Kompany. In an interview with Sky Sport, the 72 year old had his say on Bayern's long-drawn search for a new head coach.

"I was really surprised because a lot of names were linked [with Bayern] in the media, and these names were highly respected. I think that Kompany is a new coach with not much experience. But they asked a lot of coaches to come, and they decided not to come. So it is not so nice for Bayern Munich," van Gaal said.

Vincent Kompany will certainly hope to prove his doubters wrong as he takes charge of Bayern Munich next season. He gained a lot of experience playing under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, where he was also the club captain. And it will be exciting to see how he fares in what will arguably be the biggest challenge of his football career.