Louis van Gaal is set to make a comeback to managerial position with Japanese side Vissel Kobe, as per reports.
United had sacked Van Gaal following the FA Cup win in 2016 and appointed current boss Jose Mourinho as the new manager at Old Trafford. The Dutchman has since then been away from any managerial role, but now, he appears set to make a return in the J-League.
As reported by Hochi (via The Sun), the former Ajax and Barcelona coach is currently the top contender for the position at the Japanese club. Van Gaal is on course to become the first Champions League winner to manage in Japan’s top league, a year after his exit from Old Trafford.
The 66-year-old was heavily criticized for his tactics and defensive playing style in a season that saw United finish in the Europa League spot. The Red Devils only managed a total tally of 49 league goals that season, but won the FA Cup, which wasn’t enough for the Dutchman to keep his job.
Kobe, who currently sit 11th in the 18-team domestic competition, and are just 10 points off the bottom three, believe that Van Gaal is the perfect fit for the role. It was further reported that following his sack, club manager Nelsinho took full responsibility for the poor performances.
Nelsinho stated: “Unfortunately, I couldn’t achieve what we were aiming for, but I was able to see the team grow a lot toward earning a title in football. But as a professional, I feel greatly responsible for not being able to live up to everyone’s expectations.”
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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