20 Sep

Van Gaal: This is my last club

first_img Van Gaal has enjoyed a stellar career that has taken him from Holland to Spain, Germany and now England, where he is contracted with United until 2017. The 63-year-old is enjoying his spell as United manager, but plans to walk away from football once his tenure is over as he wants to spend time with his wife Truus in their holiday home on the Algarve. Louis van Gaal says he will retire from football when his spell with Manchester United comes to an end. “I am old. This is my last job. For sure,” the Dutchman said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. “I have to pay attention to my kids, my grandchildren but also to my wife. They deserve it. “Now I cannot pay that attention. I was not at the birthday of my grandson for example. I don’t like it. “My wife wants to quit now already! Five years ago! “I have a paradise in Portugal. I want to quit to go there, play golf, eat fantastic food.” Van Gaal praised the United fans for the support they have given him during a mixed first year at Old Trafford. United have played some unimaginative football at times this season but they hammered Tottenham 3-0 last weekend to strengthen their hold on fourth place in the Barclays Premier League. Van Gaal has managed Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich during his career, but regards United as the biggest club on the planet. “We were in the USA (in pre-season) and we played against Real Madrid, Liverpool, Roma, Inter Milan and LA Galaxy, five matches in three weeks – 300,000 fans and I think 280,000 of them in a red shirt. I know that Manchester United is the biggest club in the world,” he said. “Bigger than Real Madrid? Yes. In terms of global appeal, not history.” Van Gaal’s biggest signing Angel di Maria, meanwhile, is looking forward to returning to action following his one-match suspension. Di Maria sat out the win over Tottenham after being sent off for tugging referee Michael Oliver’s shirt in United’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. The £59.7million midfielder knows the next four fixtures – against Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Chelsea will ultimately make or break United’s season. “We are all aware that a number of big games are just around the corner, and the season will be decided by these fixtures,” Di Maria told United Review. “We know all about these upcoming games and we have been thinking and talking about them for quite some time now. We’ve known that everything would be at stake over this final period of the season.” United lead Liverpool by just two points but they are also only two points shy of second-placed City. Di Maria is optimistic about the chances of United finishing in the top four. He added: “Everyone at the club is 100 per cent confident, we know we want to get back into the Champions League and that we want to be fighting it out. “We’ll battle hard right to the end of the season. From what I know of the club, United always fight right to the end and that’s what we’re going to do.” Press Associationlast_img read more

24 Dec


first_imgCarl Diver (Active Irish Honey), Dr John Barrett (IT Sligo), Dr Tom Patton (IT Sligo), Conor Daly (Active Irish Honey), Dr James Brennan (IT Sligo), Austin Duignan (Active Irish Honey). Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8Research shows Donegal-made ‘Active Irish Honey’ is just as beneficial as world-famous Manuka Honey.‘Active Irish Honey’ won Best Product Award at this year’s Donegal Taste Festival.Through an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Scheme, research from Sligo IT proves it has the same activity levels as New Zealand Manuka Honey. Conor Daly, Managing Director of Travellogic, is a beekeeper in his spare time.He says that the potential for the market is huge.“Irish consumers want to buy local products for a variety of reasons, not least because it supports jobs locally. The more local the honey the more effective it is believed to be in preventing the symptoms of allergies. Many hay fever sufferers for instance get great relief from consuming locally produced honey.”Daly from Donegal Town works with businessman Austin Duigan, Raphoe and engineer Carl Diver, Falcarragh. They are developing a production and sales model, and hope to have the honey sold all over Ireland. SWEET NEWS FOR DONEGAL HONEY MAKERS was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more