It’s hard to pin down just how many reasons the Manchester United fans that pile into the Transfer Tavern have supplied in relation to Louis van Gaal’s sacking. It must be in the millions somewhere.
However, they appear to be in almost unanimous agreement with the report from the Independent that it could be the failure to qualify for the Champions League that costs the under-fire Dutchman his job.
Though it’s looking increasingly unlikely that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach will guide them into the top four, it remains a mathematic possibility.
Four points off rivals Manchester City, who occupy fourth spot, it is still on the cards, however unlikely their recent performances suggest.
However, the alarming cost of missing out on entry to the continent’s elite competition has been revealed within the report.
Missing out this season would mean a failure to do so again next time year would see the terms of their £75m a year kit deal with Adidas slashed by 30%.
The groundbreaking figure agreed upon at the start of this season would then annually become £52.5m a year UNTIL they return to the competition.
That leaves the Red Devils with little margin for error and could be the main reason the 64-year old former Holland coach lose his job.
Is there any hope at all left for van Gaal at Manchester United?