Louis Van Gaal’s reign in England was one that has had fixed responses.
While he did improve the side’s performance from the disastrous days of David Moyes, his stint lacked significantly elsewhere. Since his sacking, the Dutch gaffer is yet to have landed a post anywhere, but that could all change very soon.
According to Herald Sun, the former Barcelona, Ajax, and Bayern Munich boss is amongst the top names that are being considered by the Football Federation Australia (FFA) for the job of managing Australia in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The post has been vacant following the resignation of Ange Postecoglou, who allegedly quit after being abused and criticized by the Australian commentators despite leading the Socceroos to the final stages of the competition.
Furthermore, the same source added that Marcelo Bielsa, Jurgen Klinsmann, Bert van Marwijk, and Luiz Felipe Scolari are also in contention for the job, but Van Gaal might eventually be the one to come out on top.
If that does prove to be the case, then Australia might, in fact, be in luck, as the veteran manager is no stranger to the World Cup.
Prior to his stint at Old Trafford, he led the Netherlands quite impressively in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where his lads managed to secure a third-place finish.
Will a similar future await the Australians too? Or is signing a decent manager not enough to combat other nations vying with equal vigor for the top spot?
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.