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first_imgLouis van Gaal accepts Manchester United will have failed if they miss out on Champions League qualification, but remains confident he will be kept on as manager.Tuesday’s 3-2 loss at West Ham on Tuesday meant the Red Devils wasted the chance to wrest fourth spot from Manchester City.Van Gaal’s men now need to win against Bournemouth and hope City fall at Swansea – a tough ask underlined by bookmakers’ odds of 7-1 on United usurping Manuel Pellegrini’s men on Sunday.Failing to reach the Champions League cost David Moyes his job two years ago and speculation is rife that the Dutchman could follow suit, with Jose Mourinho’s desire to return to management only fuelling such talk.Furthermore, Van Gaal’s name was conspicuous by its absence as investors and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward sidestepped the subject of the manager’s position following the announcement of United’s third-quarter results.Hours later, though, the manager remained steadfast in his belief that he would be kept, bristling at the suggestion it would be harder to keep the players’ concentration given they know he plans to retire at the end of next season.“Yeah, but you and your colleagues have sacked me for six months, so I have worked with these circumstances already for six months and we are still in the race,” he said. “You cannot say that we are not.“We can win the FA Cup. How many are still in the race? How many? It’s not so much so.“Of course, when we don’t qualify ourselves we don’t reach our aim. That is true because our aim was to qualify ourselves for the Champions League. That was our aim.“But we are in the final of the FA Cup and we are in the race in the last match – mathematically we can qualify ourselves still. How many clubs can say that?“Of course you can say Manchester United need to be champions – yes, I know, the expectations are like that, but I don’t think that is realistic.“And I have said I shall be here, that is my opinion, so the board has to decide if it is like that. That is a different way of looking to the situation.”Van Gaal foresees no issues with players’ attitude if given the chance to stay on and see out his final campaign of his three-year contract.After the 2016-17 season the Dutchman wants to “go spoiling my wife” during retirement and refused to be drawn on how he would react should United offer him an extension.“That is ‘if’ and I want to keep to the facts,” Van Gaal said. “Also when it is positive for me, it’s not good – you cannot talk about if, only talk about the facts.“The facts are that we are still fighting for Champions League qualification.“We depend on Man City, okay, but we are still fighting and then we are still fighting for the FA Cup. Okay, and then we shall see what the board is deciding.”Regardless of whether Van Gaal is in charge, missing out on the top-four would certainly look to make it harder to bring elite talent to Old Trafford over the summer.“Re-tooling” is how Woodward described the process of change at the club and Van Gaal believes Old Trafford remains an attractive proposition.“In your eyes it’s difficult to attract players of a certain level, but I can assure you that it is not like that always,” he said.“Sometimes it is happening like that but I cannot say the things how they are because then I interfere with the transfer policy of our club. But it is not like you think.“It is always three parties – us, the club, the player himself and then it is not always the player. The player wants to come, in general.“Of course there are players who would prefer Real Madrid, but there are players of Real Madrid who want to leave there or Barcelona or Paris St Germain. It depends on a lot of circumstances” Louis van Gaal watches on as Manchester United lose to West Ham 1last_img read more

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first_imgThe adventures of two brothers from the Netherlands were shown on Dutch TV last weekend – showcasing some of Donegal’s top tourist spots.Some 900,000 TV viewers in the Netherlands tuned in to Frans and Dorus Bauer’s travel show Vive la Frans on Saturday last.The Bauers visited Donegal this summer and were filmed sea stack climbing in Malin Head. They also visited the King of Tory on Tory Island. Showcasing Donegal’s natural scenery, this programme could attract more potential holidaymakers to the county.Vive la Frans follows the presenters as they explore Europe’s culture, music and scenery, gathering insights into local life from the people they meet along the way.The show airs on NPO 1, the oldest TV channel in the Netherlands. Filming for three episodes of the show took place this summer in Donegal, as well as Dublin, Meath, Tipperary, Westmeath and Down.Karen van der Horst, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for the Netherlands, said: “The Bauer brothers have a loyal following in the Netherlands and their focus on Ireland’s culture, music and landscape will appeal to our important ‘culturally curious’ audience, inspiring them to come and explore the landscapes and locations featured for themselves.” Irish tourism from the Netherlands is on the increase, with a 27% rise in visitors from the Benelux countries so far in 2016. That’s an extra 64,400 tourists compared to last year.It is hoped that such media exposure featuring Donegal will attract more visitors to county in the near future. Destination Donegal for Dutch TV presenting duo was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 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) Tags:donegalMalin HeadtelevisiontourismTourism Irelandlast_img read more

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