It’s already public knowledge that title-laden Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal will become a free agent after the World Cup in Brazil, with the Oranje reins set to be handed to ex-Chelsea gaffer Guus Hiddink.
The 62 year-old has confirmed his desire to work in the Premier League, having already won La Liga twice with Barcelona, the Eredivisie thrice with Ajax and the Bundesliga in 2010 with Bayern Munich. During his time at the Allianz Arena, Van Gaal also lead Ajax to a Champions League title in 1995.
The former Royal Antwerp and Sparta Rotterdam midfielder has more commonly been linked with the expected-to-be-vacated Tottenham post ahead of next season – in fact, Ruud Gullit claims Van Gaal’s rumoured White Hart Lane switch is already a done deal – but after revealing his primary motivation is to win the title in England, the other side of North London would be more in tune with the Netherlands coach’s ambitions.
Van Gaal comes with an incredible track record, having won every trophy possible at Ajax and widely met expectations at Bayern Munich and Barcelona, in addition to plying his trade on the international scene, but a lack of experience in the Premier League could work against him.