Ex-United Boss Louis Van Gaal Lined Up As Next Netherlands Manager

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Louis van Gaal could be on the verge of making a sensational return to management with Netherlands, reports ESPN.

The Dutch are without a manager after Danny Blind’s sacking following a disgraceful 2-0 defeat at the hands of Bulgaria in their recent World Cup qualifier.

The result leaves the three-time runners-up in danger of missing out on their second major tournament in succession. And the former Manchester United manager is surprisingly being lined up to steady the ship for the third time in his career.

Van Gaal was definitely successful in his second spell, guiding an average Netherlands team to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil before joining the Red Devils.

But he has been without a job since being sacked in May last year and initially hinted his desire to retire unless any attractive proposal comes up.

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If van Gaal is offered the job, he has an extremely difficult work ahead with Holland sitting fourth in their qualifying table, six points behind leaders France and three behind second-placed Sweden.

However, Holland football director Jean Paul Decossaux admits other names are also being considered including Ronald Koeman. He told De Telegraaf: “For the profile, we’re looking for we have a technical director, but we will also look for many other experts.

“We hope to come to an agreement with a new coach, but it will not be done in a week. Ahead of the games in June seems to be reasonable.

“That list should include all kinds of names – a foreign coach is an option. Ronald Koeman is undoubtedly capable, but I know he is under contract with a club.

“Tomorrow, Dutch football may move forward.”


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