Van Gaal quits football

Van Gaal quits football

Ex-Manchester United and Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal says he has retired from coaching

after a 26-year career.

The 65-year-old van Gaal has been out of work since being sacked by United hours after winning

the FA Cup in May 2016.

“I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by a Dutch newspaper .

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that van Gaal also had spells in charge of Ajax, FC

Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ.

He made the announcement on Monday after receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Dutch

government for his contribution to football.

He cited family issues for his decision, with the newspaper saying it was partly motivated by

the sudden death of his daughter’s husband last month.

“So much has happened in my family. You become a human being again with your nose pressed to the

facts,” he added.

The Dutchman also revealed he turned down lucrative offers to continue his coaching career in

the Far East.

Van Gaal played as a midfielder for Ajax, Royal Antwerp, Telstar, Sparta Rotterdam and AZ

between 1972 and 1987.

He then moved into coaching, first as an assistant at AZ and followed by the same role at Ajax.

He replaced Leo Beenhakker as Ajax head coach in 1991 and went on to preside over a period of

sustained success.

Van Gaal won the Dutch league title on three occasions as well as the 1992 UEFA Cup and the 1995

Champions League title.

Van Gaal was asked to emulate that success at Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

He inherited Bobby Robson’s side in 1997 and led them to two successive La Liga titles and the

Copa del Rey.

His country came calling in 2000, but his first stint in charge lasted less than two years when

The Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.

It was the first time they had missed the competition since 1986.

The Dutchman’s second spell at FC Barcelona was even shorter —- eight months —- as he left

midway through the season with the club hovering just above the relegation zone.

He then guided AZ Alkmaar to the 2005/2006 Eredivisie title before moving to the Bundesliga,

where he helped Bayern Munich to the 2009/2010 Bundesliga title.

The Dutch national side approached Van Gaal again in 2012 and this time The Netherlands became

one of the first two European countries, along with Italy, to qualify for Brazil 2014.

There, they went on to finish in third place.

After much speculation, he joined Manchester United in May 2014, signing a three-year contract

to succeed David Moyes.

However, United replaced him with Jose Mourinho after just two years following a fifth-placed

Premier League finish in the 2015/2016 season.

NAN reports that the club’s first FA Cup triumph since 2004 was even not sufficient to save him.



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