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Jan 23, 2011

Van Gaal surprised by Hoeness criticism

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has broken his self-imposed gagging order to criticise coach Louis van Gaal, despite his last outburst causing unrest at the Allianz Arena.

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Trouble is brewing once again after Hoeness said he should have known that there "would always be the odd surprise'' when he appointed Van Gaal in 2009, and that he can be stubborn, "but Van Gaal is Van Gaal and we had to know and respect that when we appointed him''

The outspoken Bayern president broke his silence in an interview with the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, having declared after his last bust-up with Van Gaal in November that he would no longer talk about the coach.

Speaking after his side's 5-1 win over Kaiserslautern on Saturday, Van Gaal expressed his surprise that Hoeness had broken his promise.

"We had actually agreed that we would keep all criticism in house,'' he said. "I am sticking to that. He has not stuck to that, but he is the president. He is a club legend and I will not answer back to a legend.''

At least his side's performance gave him something to smile about as Bayern moved to their highest league position of the season.

"Of course I am happy,'' he said. "It is fantastic when you win 5-1 in this Bundesliga. We are now third, but we still have to work and win a lot.''

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